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Dental care is about more than brushing and flossing. There are many small things you can integrate into your day to give round-the-clock care for your smile.


Chew Gum: After eating, your teeth are more sensitive to abrasions. Abrasive toothpastes and the action of brushing can actually do more damage than help if you brush right after you eat. Instead, try chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating to help clear your smile. Sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production. Saliva is your body’s first defense against cavities, as it both cleans teeth and delivers fortifying substances to your tooth enamel.  


Mouthwash: Mouthwash, sometimes called mouthrinse, call be a helpful addition to the dental hygiene routine of some people. Be sure to choose a therapeutic mouthwash. These are mouthwashes that contribute to mouth health (fighting plaque, killing bacteria, whitening teeth) rather than simply freshening breath. Look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance when choosing a mouthrinse product. If you need to avoid alcohol, read labels carefully. Many mouthwashes have a lot of alcohol. Do not give mouthrinse to children under 6.


Drink Water: This is not only good for your overall health, but for your dental health, as well. It cleans the mouth, freeing it from food particles and debris. It can also serve to clean up harmful acids. Fluoridated water is best, and is available to approximately 75% of the United States. Fluoride is a substance that fortifies tooth enamel.


Visit Your Dentist: Be sure that your lifestyle efforts are supported by regular visits to the dentist. If you are in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area, be sure to call Oak Park Dental at 337-478-3232. Dr. Harry Castle and our team will be happy to help you!