Taking care of your teeth goes beyond just having a nice smile. Having poor oral hygiene has been linked to diabetes, pregnancy complications as well as heart disease.
Be sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day. It is important that you are using a toothpaste with fluoride as well as a toothbrush with soft bristles. Always try to wait at least 30 minutes after your last meal before brushing. This allows the acidic levels in the mouth to return to normal. Brush once in the morning, after eating breakfast, and once again at night, right before bed.
Flossing your teeth once a day allows you to clean your teeth, in the tight spaces standard brushing can’t reach. By flossing before brushing your teeth, you allow the fluoride in your toothpaste to coat a larger amount of surface area. Take your time with flossing and be sure to clean each tooth carefully.
Before choosing a mouthwash, consult with your Torrance Dentist to see their recommendation on what kind of mouthwash is best for you. Some mouthwash brands contain fluoride, some are designed to kill bacteria and others do both. It is important to note that after using mouthwash, not to eat or drink for 30 minutes.
Chewing gum after a meal can actually kill bacteria in your mouth that cause cavities. Be sure to reach for a sugar-free brand sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol is the key ingredient in helping to eliminate cavity-inducing bacteria. Chewing gum also increases the amount of saliva produced in the mouth which helps bring down acid levels.
When gum or brushing is not an option, rinse your mouth out with water after a meal. Rinsing your mouth out helps loosen food particles that may have gotten stuck between your teeth. This will help your body reduce the acid levels in your mouth to normal.
Select Dental Office is a Torrance Dentist office dedicated to providing customers with the highest cosmetic and standard dentistry. The entire staff at this Torrance Dentist office understands that dental work can be frustrating, uncomfortable and even sometimes painful. This is why Select Dental Office approaches each client on an individual basis to ensure their experience is as smooth and pleasant as possible. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date.