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While brushing is a foundational part of your oral hygiene routine, there are two other closely related practices that you can integrate for a great smile: flossing, and chewing sugar-free gum.

Flossing should be an inseparable companion to brushing and should be done once a day. Use a single-filament thread when possible to avoid fraying. It is best if you use an 18” piece of floss, as this allows you to use a new section of thread for each tooth. Floss all the way around each tooth, including behind the back molars. If flossing is difficult, talk with Dr. Michael Dana about flossing alternatives. Such alternatives could include water flossers, pre-strung flossers, or floss for sensitive gums.

After eating–especially acidic foods–your teeth are more sensitive to abrasion. As both toothpaste and the act of brushing itself are abrasive to teeth, it is best to wait a while before brushing. However, it is also best to clear the food particles, debris, acids, and sugars away from the teeth as soon as possible. To do this, try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating. The gum stimulates saliva flow, which in turn cleans and protects your mouth. This is a great way to clean your mouth after eating.

For more information, feel free to call Dana Dental Arts in Spearfish, South Dakota at 605.642.7727. Our whole team is here to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you!