There’s nothing better than the fresh feeling that you get after having your teeth cleaned. Wouldn’t you want to do everything you could to keep your teeth feeling and looking great between visits?
Dr. Kathleen Young, Centennial’s premiere cosmetic dentist, has a few tips to keep your smile bright:
It may sound funny, but chewing gum can be good for you – but not just any gum. You want to choose a gum that contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a particular type of sweetener that actually prevents plaque bacteria from collecting on your teeth. Chewing xylitol-sweetened gum up to 5 times a day can dramatically reduce the amount of plaque buildup on your teeth.
Using a medium or stiff bristled brush may result in dirtier teeth. Those stiff bristles don’t flex over the curved contours of your teeth – leaving plaque buildup behind. Try using a soft or extra soft brush with very little pressure. A brush like this will easily allow you to clean all of the tooth surfaces without skipping over them. Our hygienist can help improve your brushing technique, if you’d like. She works wonders with our pediatric dental patients!
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water after meals, snacks, or throughout the day can wash away excess bacteria from your mouth. Although it isn’t as effective as brushing and flossing, drinking and rinsing with water will decrease the plaque levels on your teeth. It also reduces your risk of tooth decay.
Drink Through a Straw
If you’re going to enjoy a glass of iced tea, soda, or other stain-causing beverage, try drinking it through a straw! This helps the stain particles to bypass the front part of your smile, keeping your front teeth whiter, longer.
Don’t Forget to Clean Between
Most tartar buildup starts along the gumlines and between the teeth. If you aren’t flossing at least once a day to disrupt plaque, it will start to calcify. This leaves a hard yellow or brown buildup over your tooth that can only be removed with special dental instruments. Wrap your floss tightly around your tooth and slide up and down below the gumlines several times. If you have any irritation or mild bleeding, it may mean that you have gingivitis (which should go away within 10-14 days of daily flossing.)
Our family dentistry practice is committed to helping you keep your smile healthy. When you visit our Centennial dental office, we’ll equip you with the knowledge that you need to fight off plaque biofilm and stains between your check-ups.
If you’re ready to have the best dental care of your life, call Dr. Kathleen Young at Young Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today!