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Brushing and flossing aren’t the only things you can do to take care of your smile. Try integrating these small habits into your day to make your teeth healthy and your smile happy.

Chewing Gum: Chewing gum actually does help your smile, though indirectly. Chewing ADA-approved sugar-free gum for 20 minutes after eating stimulates saliva flow in the mouth. Saliva is your body’s first defense against cavities. It helps clean teeth, neutralizes acids, and delivers fortifying nutrients to your enamel. Sugared gum also stimulates saliva flow, but it also feeds sugar to the bacteria you are trying to fight, so it doesn’t benefit your teeth.

Mouthwash: If you choose to add mouthwash (also called mouthrinse) to your routine, be wary. Not all mouthwashes are created equal! Make sure you choose an ADA-approved therapeutic mouthwash, rather than merely a cosmetic one that temporarily freshens breath.

Mouthguards: Taking care of your mouth isn’t just about cleaning it–it also takes some common sense to prevent oral trauma. For example, if you are participating in a contact sport, wear a mouthguard. These can be obtained in many places, one of them being your dentist’s office. If you experience symptoms of bruxism, a mouthguard used during sleep may be beneficial.

To schedule an appointment in Albuquerque, New Mexico, call My Dentist Albuquerque at 505-881-4365. Dr. Mike Roussel and our team look forward to seeing you!