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By Murphy Dental Group
December 16, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening   Brushing  
Smile ImageWhile smiling should always make you feel great, if your smile isn’t as white as you would like it to be, you may feel a bit self-conscious. From poor brushing habits to indulging in coffee, wine and teeth-staining foods, we really put our smile through the ringer. However, just because summer is over doesn’t mean that you can’t have a beautiful, whiter smile for the fall months as well. Here are some ways to keep teeth whiter and brighter:
 

1. Brush immediately after eating or drinking
 

While it might sound like overkill, the simplest way to maintain or develop a whiter smile is to simply brush after eating or drinking anything. This may take some serious discipline on your part, but once you start to notice a difference in your smile, the hard work will certainly pay off. This rule is particularly important if you indulge in sweets, dark sodas, coffee, tea, wine, berries or other stain-causing foods or beverages.
 

2. Baking soda and/or hydrogen peroxide toothpaste
 

There are some toothpastes out there that contain baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, which are both ingredients known to help whiten and brighten dulling smiles. While using straight baking soda can be unwise, since this tough substance has the ability to scrub off your tooth’s enamel if you aren’t careful, finding toothpaste that tout these teeth-dazzling ingredients could improve your smile over time.
 

3. Professional teeth whitening
 

Sure, you can opt for the commercial whitening products you find at your local pharmacy or supermarket; however, if you’re really looking to give your smile an instant and visibly whiter boost, our teeth whitening system can boast whiter teeth in under an hour.
 
The process itself only takes about 45 minutes and can get smiles eight shades whiter. This is significantly faster than any results you could get with over-the-counter whitening pastes and gels. If you’re looking to get a brighter smile for a special event or just to give yourself a little makeover for the fall season, professional teeth whitening might be the way to go.
 
To find out more about our teeth whitening system, call our office today. We can’t wait to give you the radiant smile you’ve been wanting.
By Murphy Dental Group
July 25, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Brushing   Dental Health  
oral healthThe end of May will be here before you know it. What does that mean for you? Since it’s summer and school will be out, most families believe this to be the opportune time to take a vacation. Traveling by car, train or plane can be stressful. While you may rush to make time, don’t rush away from your oral hygiene practices.
 

Murphy Dental Group’s Number One Packing Item

You probably have your travel toothbrush packed and ready to go. Did floss make the cut? We can’t stress it enough—floss can determine the state of your oral health. A toothbrush can’t clean teeth alone. If you only use a toothbrush, food particles and plaque bacteria are only removed from the surface of teeth, and bacteria still lurks in the space between the teeth.
 

Pack Flavorful and Healthy Food Packs

Your family needs sustenance during those long hauls. Junk food (chips, snack cakes, jerky, etc.) is the go-to travel food for most families, but eating healthy is better for energy levels and appetite.
 
It’s even better if the whole family eats tooth-friendly food and beverages, such as the following:
  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Chicken breast (add to a wrap or sandwich)
  • Nuts (almonds, cashews and walnuts)
 

Check In At Your Local Family Dentistry Practice in Milton

Before you board the car or plane, let us check out your teeth and gums. If you haven’t had a checkup and cleaning in awhile, there is a chance tooth decay may be present or another issue. You don’t want to be on vacation and experience a dental emergency.
 
Pencil in a dental appointment before or after your vacation. That’ll be one less thing to stress about. Contact (insert link to contact section) our Milton family dentist office, Murphy Dental Group, at (617) 696-3900. Or submit an online appointment form (insert link to appointment form).