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When it comes to something as important as your smile, it’s hard to review the basics too often. Here are some things to remember as you reevaluate your at-home dental routines.

Brush:  You should be brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day, and flossing once a day. “Brushing” includes cleaning your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and gently but thoroughly scrubbing the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces of each of your teeth.

Floss:  Flossing works together with brushing, removing plaque and food debris from in between your teeth. If you are new at the flossing habit, it is normal to feel a little discomfort; if it persists for more than 2 weeks, talk to Dr. Andrew Atwood. If flossing is difficult for you, talk with him about alternative interdental cleaning options.

Chew Gum: After you eat–particularly acid foods or drinks–your teeth are more sensitive to abrasion. Toothpaste commonly has abrasive elements to help clean teeth, and the act of brushing is inherently abrasive. Therefore, brushing right after eating is not usually a good idea, unless specifically recommended by your dentist. Instead, try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum. This stimulates saliva production, cleaning your mouth and neutralizing the acids present, thus preparing your teeth for brushing.

Of course, it is vital that you see the dentist every 6 months to make sure your mouth stays healthy, and to ensure any problems are caught early. If you are in the Orem, Utah area, call Double Take Dental at 801-225-1002 to set up an appointment with Dr. Andrew Atwood today!