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Brushing and flossing are the basis of dental hygiene. But there are more things that you can do to help your smile stay clean! Two of those things are to incorporate mouthwash into your brushing and flossing routines and to chew sugar-free gum after meals.

Mouthwash can be an excellent addition for some people. Therapeutic mouthwashes are the best, as they are formulated to do more than just freshen your breath (cosmetic mouthwashes only freshen breathe temporarily). They can kill bacteria, fight plaque, and a host of other beneficial things. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on any mouthwash you choose to incorporate into your routine.

After you eat, your mouth is more sensitive to abrasion. Brushing teeth functions on the principle of abrasion, as also most toothpastes. Thus, it is not a good idea to brush your teeth immediately after eating. However, it IS a good idea to get all of the food particles and debris away from your teeth as soon as possible.

Enter chewing gum.

Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating has been proven to stimulate saliva flow. Of course, chewing gum with sugar in it also stimulates saliva flow, however, the sugar present in the gum feeds the bacteria in your mouth, negating the benefits of the gum.Saliva cleans your teeth and delivers fortifying substances to your mouth.  

For more information, feel free to call Plaza Dental PA in Lakeville, Minnesota at 952-236-1888. Dr. Bergstein and our team look forward to speaking with you.