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Brushing and flossing aren’t the only things you can do to take care of your smile. Taking care of your smile involves more than just your daily hygiene habits! It requires just a little bit of knowledge, and a dose of common sense. Here are some things you can do to help your smile throughout the day.  

Chewing Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum can help your smile! Chewing gum stimulates saliva production in your mouth. Saliva protects your mouth from cavities by cleaning your teeth and delivering fortifying nutrients to your mouth.  Both sugared and sugar-free gum stimulate saliva flow; however, sugared gum feeds the bacteria you are trying to fight. This negates any benefit you would otherwise get from chewing gum. Stick with sugarless gum and you’ll be good to go.

Mouthguards: Use mouthguards when playing contact sports, or other activities that introduce your teeth to risks. Additionally, if you suffer from symptoms of bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth at night) it may be a good idea to talk to your dentist about a night-time mouthguard. This can prevent teeth from becoming dull and flat, and other negative effects of bruxism.

Don’t Use Teeth As Tools: Teeth are made to help you eat food, not do things like open bottles or packages. Your teeth are durable, but often not a match for the harder and stronger materials in our world. Using your teeth as tools can lead to oral trauma, which can be expensive, painful, and permanently damaging.

For more information, call Ontario Chino Dental Center in Ontario, California, at 909-984-2476.  Dr. Krupakar Reddy Yeturu and our team are happy to help!