Attending regular checkups and cleanings at least every six months with your dentist is a vital part of maintaining your oral health. You also should make sure that you’re doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy between these visits. How do you maintain your oral health between visits? There a number of steps you can take to help keep your smile white, your breath fresh, and maintain your oral health. Here are some measures you can take to help you have the best smile possible next time you see your dentist.
How Should I Freshen My Breath?
Answer: Although regular chewing gum can help 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 can improve your breath and curb your appetite for something sweet without any of the bad stuff. 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.
How Can I Get More Fluoride?
Answer: Tap water contains fluoride, which helps remineralize your teeth’s enamel, providing your teeth the protection it needs to fight bacteria and decay.
How Long Should I Brush?
Answer: When brushing your teeth, don’t speed 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 to help pass the time if you start to feel antsy.
We’ll Keep Your Smile Fresh
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.