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It’s important to maintain a foundation of effective oral hygiene in addition to regularly visiting the dentist. To keep your smile in good shape, you will need to help your teeth stay clean between appointments with Dr. Michael Dab and our team. Along with brushing and flossing your teeth, you may find that using mouthwash and chewing gum boost the freshness of your smile.

If your oral care routine needs a boost, try rinsing with mouthwash morning and evening to increase the cleanliness of your teeth. Many over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwashes can effectively improve your oral health with important benefits such as freshening your breath, rinsing away lingering bacteria, preventing plaque buildup and whitening your tooth–to name just a few. When choosing the right mouthwash, look for products that have earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Following a meal, your teeth are sensitive for a while and shouldn’t come into contact with abrasives such as toothbrushes and toothpaste for about half an hour. Since you still want to make sure your teeth are cleaned after you eat, you chew some sugar-free gum to remove lingering food particles and debris in your smile.

Dental studies performed on chewing gum have reported that a piece of sugar-free gum chewed for 20 minutes can boost the flow of saliva to clean your teeth and deliver fortifying substances to your smile. Be sure to choose gum without sugar because, while any gum will boost saliva production, sugar helps bacteria in your mouth to thrive and undoes any benefits of gum.

If you have further questions about caring for your oral health in San Rafael, California, please feel free to contact our office at 415-472-5211 today. Our dentist, Dr. Michael Dab, will happily guide you to a great smile.