Taking care of your teeth takes time and effort. When your teeth are healthy – there’s often a reason, and when your teeth are unhealthy you can be sure that there’s a reason. The fact is: there are quite a few factors at play when it comes to your oral health.
Just think about it – from bacteria and pH balance to nutrition, medication, and so much more – the sheer number of ways your teeth and mouth can be impacted by external factors is unlike many other systems in the body.
With that in mind, our dentists in the Anaheim area want to make sure every patient has all the knowledge they need. So without further delay: 3 simple dental tips you can try to improve your teeth now.
Kick Brushing Into High Gear
Did you realize that an electric toothbrush can remove up to 80% more plaque than a traditional toothbrush? That’s because it’s much harder to brush incorrectly or for too short of a duration when you’re using an electric toothbrush. With a traditional toothbrush – your technique has to be just right.
While some electric toothbrushes are better than others – even a battery powered manual toothbrush can often be more effective than an “old-fashioned” toothbrush.
Rinse Your Mouth Out
Rinsing out your mouth should never be a replacement for brushing – but it sure can be a great supplement. From freshening your breath or giving your teeth a much-needed fluoride rinse to knocking away sugar, food debris, and bacteria – a non-alcohol mouthwash is always a good bet. But do stay away from alcohol-based mouthwash. It’s been shown to have links to oral health problems.
Chew More Gum
Did you ever think your dentist would tell you to chew more gum? Well – there’s a catch. Chew more sugar-free gum after meals. On top of brushing, flossing, and rinsing – chewing gum can increase saliva flow (which helps rinse out your mouth), neutralize acid, and stick-on to any major debris that’s hanging around in your mouth after you eat.