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The quest for a great smile is one that is always changing, always improving, and never in short supply. The more you can do to treat your teeth and gums well, the more likely you are to improve your oral health. Beyond just brushing and flossing, there are a myriad of treatments and habits you can pursue that can offer you benefits.

Studies have shown that if you chew sugarless gum for at least a period of twenty minutes after a meal, it can wash away bacteria and food particles to help protect you better from cavities. Sugarless gum can increase your saliva flow, which contains ingredients that can neutralize the harmful acids caused by bacteria that can destroy tooth enamel. Sugarless gum can also help prevent heartburn or acid build up in the esophagus.

Another excellent option is mouthwash. Mouthwash can fight against halitosis (bad breath) and tooth decay. Mouthwash can be used as an accessory in the fight against cavities by preventing plaque buildup. Mouthwash can also slow the speed of and even prevent gingivitis, which is a precursor to gum disease.

For more healthy and effective oral health care tactics recommended by our team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Jewell Lake, give us a call at 989-736-7000. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Rodriguez at our dentist office in Barton City, Michigan, please contact us during regular office hours. With a little love and some support, your smile can be as great as you want it to be.