Brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist form the foundation of great dental hygiene. However, there are more things that you can do to help your smile stay clean between dental appointments! Two of those things are to incorporate mouthwash into your dental hygiene routine, and to chew gum after meals.
Mouthwash can be an excellent addition to the morning and evening hygiene routines of some people. Over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwashes are the best option for most, as they are formulated to do more than just freshen your breath. They can kill bacteria, fight plaque, whiten teeth or a host of other beneficial things. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on any mouthwash you choose to buy.
After you eat, your mouth is more sensitive to abrasion, thus, it is not a good idea to brush your teeth immediately after eating. Toothbrushes and toothpaste both are mildly abrasive to teeth. However, it IS a good idea to get all of the food particles and debris away from your teeth as soon as possible. Chewing gum steps in to fill that gap.
Multiple studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating stimulates saliva flow. This saliva flow not only cleans your teeth, but also delivers fortifying substances to your mouth. Of course, gum with sugar in it also stimulates saliva flow. However, the sugar present in the gum feeds the bacteria in your mouth, negating the potential benefits of the gum.
For more information, feel free to call T.F. Chen DDS in Glendale, California at 818-502-1991. Dr. T.F. Chen and our team look forward to speaking with you and helping you keep your mouth bright!