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Ten Dental Hygiene Tips For A More Thorough Clean

Brushing your teeth every morning and night doesn’t guarantee you’re giving your mouth all the attention it needs. Even a regular oral hygiene routine could be leaving gaps if you engage in a few not-so-great habits with your time at the sink. By understanding proper brushing technique and ensuring you have the right tools in […]

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10 Things to consider when choosing your Orthodontics

Do you need an orthodontic treatment and confuse to select the best orthodontist? Selecting an orthodontist is a very tough task. When you have a referral from your dentist or friend, it is essential to hold some things to have in your mind before you register a meeting. Because straightening teeth will take a long […]

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Halloween Candy and Your Dental Health

With Halloween comes ghosts, goblins and goodies—and the sugar in those treats can play some unwanted tricks on your teeth if you’re not careful.  Here’s why: The bacteria in your mouth are probably more excited to eat Halloween candy than you are. When the bacteria eat the sugar and leftover food in your mouth, a […]

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ARE REMOVABLE BRACES SUITABLE FOR KIDS?

Removable braces have several advantages over fixed braces so at Murphy, we’re often asked if removable braces are suitable for children. Children and teens are anxious about anything that makes them stand out, such as crooked, twisted or gappy teeth. Ironically, some traditional, fixed braces – complete with metal brackets – are so noticeable they can make your child feel […]

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Soft Foods for Kids With Braces

Braces, which help to realign teeth or the jaw area, consist of bands, wires, and brackets that hold a child’s teeth in place. After your child receives new braces, her mouth may be in pain; eating soft foods is advisable for the first 24 to 48 hours, and then each time adjustments occur, according to the Center for Young Women’s Health. […]

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Dental Hygiene: How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth

Healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. They help your child eat and talk. Strong oral care helps set good dental habits as your child grows. Poor oral care can lead to infection, disease, or other teeth problems. Help make dental hygiene fun with these tips. Let children help choose their toothbrushes. They can pick […]

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YOU’LL NEED THESE EXPERT TIPS FOR BRUSHING YOUR TEETH WITH BRACES

You have braces and can’t wait to see your new smile. But, if you want impressive results, you must take care of your teeth and braces. This means brushing properly and following the advice of experts who know how to help you achieve a great mouth. When you have braces, brushing your teeth is more difficult and can take […]

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Brushing and Flossing Children’s Teeth

What your child eats affects his or her teeth. Too many carbohydrates, sugar (for example, from cake, cookies, candies, milk, and other sugary foods and beverages), and starches (for example, pretzels and potato chips) can cause tooth decay. How long carbohydrates remain on the teeth is the main culprit that leads to tooth decay. The best thing […]

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What to Know Before You Get a Retainer

permanent retainer top teeth Overview There are two basic types of retainers: removable and permanent. Your orthodontist helps you choose the best type for you based on what you needed braces for and any conditions you might have. You may be given only one type, or you may receive a removable retainer for your top teeth and a permanent […]

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Teeth anatomy: Baby teeth (primary dentition)

An Introduction to Teeth Children’s teeth play an important role in digestion and reserving spaces for permanent teeth. Children’s teeth are also known as primary teeth. Due to the smaller jaw size of a child, there are only 20 teeth in total. In comparison, there are 32 teeth in an adult’s mouth. Children are not born with teeth. Teeth usually begin to erupt from 10 […]

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GUM DISEASE IN CHILDREN

Chronic gingivitis. aggressive periodontists and generalized aggressive periodontists are types of gum disease in children. TYPES OF PERIODONTAL DISEASES IN CHILDREN Chronic gingivitis is common in children. It usually causes gum tissue to swell, turn red and bleed easily. Gingivitis is both preventable and treatable with a routine of brushing, flossing and professional dental care. However, […]

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Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

When should I schedule my child’s first trip to the dentist? Should my 3-year-old be flossing? How do I know if my child needs braces? Many parents have a tough time judging how much dental care their kids need. They know they want to prevent cavities, but they don’t always know the best way to do so. […]

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Braces and orthodontics

Around a third of children need orthodontic treatment. Find answers to some common questions about braces and orthodontics. Why have braces? The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to make the best of your teeth. This includes straightening your teeth so you’re able to care for your teeth and gums more easily, and improving your bite so […]

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5 Things You Need To Know About Baby Teeth

Baby teeth are just as prone to cavities as permanent or ‘adult’ teeth. When a baby tooth falls out prematurely or is lost to decay, other teeth can tilt into the empty spaces and it can cause a delay in eruption, as the ‘gate-keeper’ is now lost. Teaching children to look after their baby teeth […]

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WHY ARE MY CHILD’S TEETH YELLOW?

Some parents have recently asked the question, “Why have my child’s teeth begun to turn yellow.” there are several reasons this may occur. Let’s break it down into two categories : #1 – Adult teeth are more yellow than baby teeth regardless of extenuating circumstances. #2 – Extenuating circumstances could cause teeth to turn yellow. Let’s […]

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10 Signs You May Need Braces

There are many reasons people get braces, some are obvious and others aren’t as obvious. If you have any of the following issues, it may be time to see an orthodontist and find out if you need braces. 1. Top teeth overlap bottom teeth We should all have a little bit of an overbite where your upper […]

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What to do for healthy teeth and gums

Good oral hygiene is necessary to keep teeth and gums healthy. It involves habits such as brushing twice a day and having regular dental checkups. However, oral health is about more than cavities and gum disease. Research has shown that there is an association between the health of a person’s mouth and their overall health. Experts consider oral […]

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Braces-friendly diet & habits There are foods that can loosen, break or bend wires and bands when you are wearing braces. Avoid hard foods such as nuts and hard cookies. Foods such as apples and carrots should be chopped into small pieces before eating to reduce the stress on your braces. Avoid sticky foods such […]

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5 TIPS FOR HAVING BRACES AT SCHOOL

As the proud new owner of braces, your children may be excited yet leery about caring for them while at school. However, with a little dedication and forethought, your kids will thrive while at school and wearing braces. Check out these five tips for caring for braces while away from home. Bring a small baggie […]

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Top Ways Braces Can Change Your Life in a Positive Way

Most people know that braces help straighten teeth. But did you know that straight teeth can have a big impact on your health, quality of life, and self-image? If you are considering braces for yourself or your child, it’s beneficial to know the many ways in which braces can change your life in a positive […]

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What’s the Best Age for Kids to Get Braces?

children visit the orthodontist no later than age 7. Why is this? The age recommendation is so young because orthodontics can effectively fix teeth and other oral health issues long before they become serious – treating teeth with orthodontics can and should be done in young children, whenever necessary and possible. Why Should My Child […]

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Kids’ teeth – 6 to 13 years

From about 6 years of age, your child’s adult teeth start to appear. murphy offers advice on how to handle your children’s dental hygiene as they become more independent. At about 6 years of age, your child’s adult teeth start to replace their baby teeth. This is when children enter the “ugly duckling” stage of tooth […]

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Life With Braces for kids

Some kids can’t wait to get braces. Others are a little worried about what it will be like or how they will look. It can help to learn more about braces, which straighten your teeth and make your smile even better looking. Tooth Talk Lots of kids don’t have perfect teeth, so don’t worry if […]

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Questions Every Parent Has About Invisalign for Teens

Braces have long been a staple of the teenage years. When we were growing up, most of our friends probably had them, all at about the same time. I myself had metal braces for the last two years of high school. In my group, they were so commonplace that they weren’t something that anyone was […]

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Dental care for children

The key to keeping a bright, healthy smile throughout adulthood is to practice proper oral hygiene. Even adults can get cavities, as well as gum disease, that can lead to serious problems. Throughout your adult life, it’s important to continue to: Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque-the sticky film on your […]

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Problems to Watch for in Growing Children

The Right Time for an Orthodontic Check-Up: No Later than Age 7 The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth arestill present.• While your child’s teeth may appear […]

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8 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Teeth

You can keep your child from getting tooth decay by starting his dental care early. Follow these steps to prevent cavities and keep his beautiful smile healthy. 1. Get a Checkup Your child should see a dentist by his first birthday. Early preventive care saves you money in the long run. A CDC report shows that dental care costs are nearly 40% lower […]

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Dental Care For Adult

Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by plaque, a sticky combination of bacteria and food. Plaque begins to build up on teeth within a few minutes after eating. If teeth are not cleaned well each day, plaque will lead to tooth decay or gum disease. If you do not remove plaque, it turns into […]

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