Summer is a time for everyone to let loose and enjoy the great outdoors. From pool parties, Fourth of July barbecues, and trips to the beach, there are a number of times where you’re going to want to have your smile look (and smell) its best. What can you do to help your smile stay fresh this summer? There a number of steps you can take between dentist visits to help keep your smile white, your breath fresh, and maintain your oral health.
When brushing your teeth, don’t skim through the process too quickly. It’s recommended that you brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day. Time yourself to make sure you’re doing it for the required amount of time. Try playing a song or podcast to help pass the time if you start to feel antsy.
Although regular chewing gum helps freshen your breath, it can also feed sugar to bacteria in your mouth that produce decay-causing acids. Chewing sugarless gum instead of its more sugary counterpart will not only help you avoid unnecessary calories, but it can actually aid you in the fight against tooth decay. Clinical studies have shown that chewing ADA approved sugarless gum for 20 minutes following a meal increases the flow of saliva, which washes away food and other particles, neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in your mouth, and provides your entire mouth with substances that help fight disease.
Drinking a few glasses of tap water each day is great for keeping you hydrated as well as maintaining your oral health. Tap water contains fluoride, which helps remineralize your teeth’s enamel, providing your teeth the protection it needs to combat bacteria and decay.
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We can provide you with cosmetic, restorative, and other dentistry services to improve your smile’s health and appearance. Contact us at our local Frisco, TX office today at 972-335-7100.