Most people understand that regular dental visits for teeth cleaning and dental checkups, twice daily brushing, and flossing once a day will go a long way toward keeping your teeth in great shape and maintaining your oral health. However, when you’re at work or school, you still want to have fresh breath and keep your mouth as healthy as possible. For patients who are prone to getting heavy amounts of plaque buildup, gingivitis, or have areas where food constantly packs, supplemental cleaning throughout the day can help them enjoy their smile when they’re between toothbrushing.
Chewing gum that contains Xylitol is one of the most beneficial actions you can do when you’re away from a toothbrush. Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar that actually prevents plaque from building up and depositing itself on your teeth. Getting at least 5 exposures to Xylitol a day has been suggested by some researchers as being just as beneficial as toothbrushing (but please don’t give it up just yet!)
Rinsing with water immediately after a meal, snack or drink can help wash away acids and bacteria, preventing enamel demineralization from occurring at normal levels. Teeth often get decay in the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces, or between the teeth, so a thorough rinsing can remove a portion of the damaging acids from juice, soda, or sports drinks before you get back home.
Angled flossers and bristled toothpicks. These standard accessories have an added twist, making debris removal easier and more effective. “Y” shaped flossers are easier to get between the back teeth, where it really counts. Wider spaces benefit from bristled toothpicks, as the ends easily disrupt and remove food between your meals.
Disposable, flavored brushes are great to use before a meeting, when you need to make sure your smile is free of the occasional spot of food. However, nothing quite beats a normal toothbrush. Consider keeping one in your desk drawer or purse to quickly dry-brush or use at the sink in a restroom with some tap water.
Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts
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