Picture this: You just had a huge, delicious meal full of onions, garlic, and other tasty ingredients that tend to make your breath a little more noxious than you would like and now you have an elegant party you need to get to that’s going to feature quite a bit of close, intimate, face-to-face conversations. What can you do to make your breath and smile fresh? 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.
Although regular chewing gum helps freshen your breath, it can also feed sugar to bacteria in your mouth that produce decay-causing acids. Choosing sugarless gum over 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.
When brushing your teeth, don’t speed through the process. 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’re feeling antsy.
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.
We’ll Help Keep Your Smile Fresh
Our dentists can provide a number of services to help make your smile both look good and feel good. Contact us at our local Frisco, TX office today at 972-335-7100.