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3 Tips for Maintaining Clean Teeth

February 18, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Shannon White
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There’s nothing like the feeling of freshly polished teeth after a dental cleaning. Your teeth feel smooth, glossy, and clean. But how do you retain that feeling in between visits to your dentist?

What Are Some Practical Tips?

Your local Springfield, MO general dentists have a few tips that can help you maintain a healthy mouth in between visits:

  1. Avoid Soda. This is generally good advice for your overall health, not just for your teeth. The phosphoric acid and citric acid will wear down and eat through your enamel, bringing on cavities. Water will always be the best beverage for your mouth and for your body. If you miss the flavor of soda, add some lemon, mints, cucumbers, or berries to enjoy the natural flavors.
  2. Say Less to Sugars! That nice, smooth feeling you get after cleanings is the removal of plaque. Plaque forms in your mouth when you don’t clean often, and when you eat foods that are high in things like sugar. Sugar encourages bacterial growth and acidity in your mouth, which causes plaque to form. 
  3. Practice Proper Brushing Times. Many people are surprised when they are informed that though they brush every day, they may not be doing it right! Proper brushing time is two minutes. A superb dental investment is electric toothbrushes that have a built-in brushing timer, so you don’t have to remember to keep an eye on your watch.

Ask Our Springfield, MO Dentists for Tips

If you need to schedule a teeth cleaning, or would like to learn more about maintaining clean teeth, contact White Smiles Family Dental. The dental staff in our Springfield, MO dental office will be happy to provide information and help you keep your smile fresh.


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