Mouthwash, Chewing Gum, and Your Smile

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Brushing and flossing are the siblings that make the foundation of oral hygiene. But have you met their cousins, Mouthwash and Chewing Gum? The four of these work together to bring you excellent oral health.

Mouthwash: Choose an over-the-counter therapeutic mouthwash that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Therapeutic mouthwashes are designed for many different specific tasks, whether that is add fluoride, freshen breath, kill bacteria, or whiten teeth. Do not give mouthwash to children under younger than 6, nor to people who are in danger of swallowing the mouthwash. Talk to Dr. Ronald Levine with any questions you may have about mouthwash.

Chewing Gum: A great way to care for your teeth in between brushing sessions is to chew sugarless gum! Gum helps to clean your mouth by stimulating the salivary glands to produce more saliva. Saliva is your body’s first defense against cavities. It delivers fortifying substances to the teeth and cleans harmful substances away from the teeth. Choose sugarless gum, as sugared gum feeds the bacteria your saliva is trying to fight–negating the beneficial effects of chewing gum.

For more information on ways you can care for your teeth this holiday season, call Blue Ribbon Dental in Germantown, Maryland, at 301-540-8808. Dr. Ronald Levine and our team look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!