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A good teeth cleaning at the dentist's office can leave your mouth, teeth, and gums feeling amazing. But since it is not possible to have your teeth cleaned by a professional on a regular basis, you must take it upon yourself to keep your teeth clean and free from cavities between dental appointments. Use the following tips to minimize your risk of cavities and keep your mouth as healthy as possible:
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
Using a toothbrush that is in good condition is essential to keeping your teeth clean at home. If your toothbrush has flattened or frayed bristles it is time to toss it out and buy a new one. Even if your toothbrush doesn't look like it is in awful condition, it is a good rule of thumb to replace it every 3 to 4 months no matter what. Don't forget about cleaning your toothbrush--it can easily become contaminated by the bacteria that is found in your mouth. In addition to thoroughly rinsing your toothbrush with hot water after each use, you can also soak it in antibacterial mouthwash on a regular basis to keep the bristles clean.
When You Can't Brush, Rinse
Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal to remove tiny bits of food that get stuck in the teeth and can lead to decay. But most people do not carry a toothbrush and toothpaste everywhere with them, so if you can't brush your teeth after a meal try thoroughly rinsing your mouth with water. Hold the water in your mouth and swish it around like you would with mouth wash for the best results.
Ask Your Dentists About Sealants
Dental sealants are made of a very thin plastic material that is painted on to the teeth. As the material dries, it tightly adheres to the groves of the teeth, preventing food and other debris from getting lodged on them. Sealants are most commonly applied to the molars and can protect them from cavities and decay. With a good oral health routine, sealants can typically be effective for several years before they need to be replaced.
Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing sugarless gum increases saliva production in the mouth which can neutralize acid and also remove food or debris stuck in between teeth. It is recommended that you chew sugarless gum for at least 20 minutes at a time in order to get all of the cavity preventing benefits. For more information, contact a professional like Martinsville Family Dentistry.