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The foundation of excellent oral hygiene is brushing and flossing your teeth and visiting the dentist regularly. However, you should also take steps to help your smile stay clean between visits to the dental office. In addition to brushing and flossing, you can use mouthwash and chewing gum to help your smile stay fresh.

Mouthwash is an excellent boost to your morning and evening oral hygiene routines. You may find over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwashes to be the most effective option since they are formulated to not just keep your breath fresh but also eliminate bacteria, reduce plaque, lighten the color of your teeth and perform several other benefits. Choose a mouthwash product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

After a meal, your teeth can be more sensitive to abrasion such as from toothbrushes and toothpaste, and you shouldn’t brush them right away. In the meantime, you can remove food particles and debris from your teeth right after eating by chewing sugar-free gum.

Dental studies have reported that chewing a piece of sugar-free gum after eating for 20 minutes can increase your saliva flow, cleaning your teeth and providing your mouth with fortifying substances. We encourage you to not choose gum with sugar because, while it also stimulates the flow of saliva, its sugar promotes bacteria in your mouth and negates the benefits of gum.

To learn about more ways to care for oral health in Broomfield, Colorado, contact Nickel Street Dental PC DBA Broomfield Dental at 303-953-2520 today. Our dentists, Drs. Sefcik, Andrews and Andrews are happy to help you.