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First, we would like to make it clear that you still need to maintain your routine oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing, as well as visit the dentist every six months. If you struggle with keeping your smile clean between dental appointments or are looking for additional oral care tips, we are happy to help! In addition to using your toothbrush, you may find that rinsing with mouthwash and chewing gum can help clean your smile.

After brushing and flossing your teeth in the morning or evening, rinse your mouth with a therapeutic mouthwash to leave your teeth feeling clean and fresh. Just a few of the benefits of mouthwash are fresh breath, less bacteria and plaque buildup in your smile and whiter teeth. To help you select a safe and effective mouthwash, look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on dental products brands in your nearest store.

It’s important to clean your teeth after a meal, but toothbrushes and toothpaste are too abrasive for teeth that are still sensitive from the food you ate. Instead of waiting half an hour to clean your teeth, chew a piece of sugar-free gum to boost the flow of saliva, which provides fortifying substances for your smile and removes food particles from the teeth. It’s important to chew gum that doesn’t contain sugar, or else the bacteria in your mouth will thrive off the sugar and prevent your mouth from receiving the benefits of chewing gum.

We invite you to contact Dana Dental Arts at 605.642.7727 today and schedule an appointment with our doctors if you would like to learn more about effective oral care tactics in Spearfish, South Dakota.