World Smile Day :: Dr. Frigo’s 30 Minute Rule


As we celebrate World Smile Day today, here at Frigo Orthodontics we want to share some tips on how you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether it’s good hygiene, a straighter smile or just having more confidence in your – or your child’s  – smile, we want you to put that best smile forward.

Dr. Frigo has always been a big advocate in putting your best smile forward, so much so that one of his goals his to eliminate the cause of cavities and tooth decay throughout the Gulf Coast region. Now you may be thinking, how could he do that? If you are patient here, then you know about Dr. Frigo’s 30 Minute Rule, this simple concept can help eliminate having cavities completely. It basically goes as follows:

Dr. Frigo’s 30 Minute Rule:

  • Brushing your teeth within 30 minutes of eating will stop the germs from creating acid on your teeth
  • Stopping the germs prevents white spots from forming
  • Stopping the white spots means stopping the cavity
  • This means NO cavities for you!

You can also show this video to your kids, as it’s one we show to all our patients explaining Dr. Frigo’s 30 Minute Rule in a really cute and fun way. Also, just a little fun fact, Dr. Frigo followed this rule since his second year of dental school (over 20 years now) and hasn’t had a cavity since.

Another way to make sure you put your child’s best smile forward is to make sure you are aware of your child’s jaw growth. If you catch a problem during the pubertal growth spurt (7 to 11 years old), we will have more control over assessing and correcting that problem. A lot of people think their child doesn’t need to seen by an orthodontist until about 15 to 16 years old, but that is not the case. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends a child get an examination no later than age seven. Early treatment can actually prevent more serious problems in the future. We offer complimentary consultations for everyone with no referral needed, so if you are concerned about your child’s smile or yours, we would love to have you in for Dr. Frigo to check.

We hope you take these tips and you celebrate with all the confidence in the world today. Happy World Smile Day! #SmileOn

About Dr. Frigo

Dr. Christopher Frigo has been creating beautiful smiles for over twenty-five years. He has successfully treated over eight thousand patients employing a holistic orthodontic approach that focuses on delaying the natural aging process of the face by carefully avoiding the removal of teeth and restoring the loss of vertical facial dimension that occurs naturally with age-related wear of the dentition.

Dr. Frigo has literally traveled around the world to study under to tutelage of various Damon pioneers across the globe. Most notably, Dr. Chris Chang, of Taiwan, an internationally acclaimed speaker and professor of orthodontics from the University of Indiana who has revolutionized the orthodontic specialty with his innovative treatment mechanics.

Using the Damon ‘Brace-Lift’ system, Dr. Frigo has created subtle changes in the face that appear to reverse the natural aging process by enhancing the width of the smile while adding lip support to the corners of the mouth without the use of cumbersome palatal expanders, unsightly headgear, or jaw surgery.

In addition to his knowledge of the Damon system, having successfully treated over one thousand patients with the Invisalign aligner system has not only endeared Dr. Frigo with years of experience treating malocclusion with Invisalign aligners, but more importantly, the ability to discern between which patients are better suited for treatment with aligners from those best treated with the Damon braces system.

Dr. Frigo has been married for over thirty years to his college ‘life-coach’ and love of his life, Kerri Breland Frigo. Together, they have four children-two girls and two boys. To replace the kids who have moved on to greener pastures in New York City, Dr. Frigo is attempting to learn to play classical guitar and fostered two loving dogs; Molly, a Bernie-Poo and Murphy, a Labradoodle.