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Foundational dental habits such as visits to the dentist and brushing and flossing your teeth are very important to your oral care, but there are times when you may need additional oral care techniques to give your mouth an extra clean. You may find that rinsing with mouthwash or chewing a sugar-free gum can boost your oral hygiene and freshen your smile.

Following your daily routine of brushing and flossing your teeth, grab a therapeutic mouthwash and rinse it around your mouth for a few minutes. Mouthwash offers many important benefits, such as reducing bacteria levels in your smile, removing plaque and preventing bad breath. The American Dental Association makes it easy to find the right mouthwash by awarding its Seal of Acceptance to products that meet its high standards.

Chewing gum can benefit your oral health if you have just eaten a meal and your teeth are too sensitive still to be brushed with toothpaste. While you wait at least half an hour to brush, you can clean your smile by chewing a piece of sugar-free gum to increase your saliva flow. In addition to providing tooth-fortifying substances, saliva production removes food particles from your teeth to minimize your risk of cavities. Avoid chewing sugary gum so that you don’t feed the natural bacteria on your teeth and cancel out the perks of chewing gum

Contact our dentists, Drs. Bird and Bird, and our team at 253-475-8934 today if you would like to schedule a visit to Bird Family Dentistry and learn more about tips to boost dental health in Tacoma, Washington.