School is back in session, vacations are over. Between work, school, meetings, dance class, and football practice, you and your kids are constantly on the go. When you are so busy, it can be hard to find time to do everything you should be doing to keep your oral health in check. Brushing your teeth throughout the day between every meal, snack, or drink is not very realistic for many of us. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after eating breakfast in the morning, and at night before going to bed when you are done snacking. Remember to floss at least once a day as well to clean in between your teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. It is especially important to brush your teeth after having sticky, sugary foods such as caramels which tend to stick in the crevices of teeth. The longer these foods sit on your teeth the greater the chance for bacteria to attach and produce cavities. Keeping your teeth clean in between meals will make for happier dental visits!
Can’t Brush? Here are some tips for getting a Cleaner Mouth in between Brushing
- Drink water throughout the day to help cleanse your mouth and wash away plaque and bacteria. You could even run to the bathroom for a quick rinse and swish with a small bottle of mouth wash that can easily be kept in a purse or at a desk.
- Chew gum or suck on a mint, preferably sugar free. These help encourage saliva production which helps neutralize acids in the mouth. Gum containing Xylitol can help strengthen teeth as well.
- Eat an apple! The texture of the apple actually helps to clean your teeth as you eat it!
- Floss your teeth! Keep a pack of floss with you in a locker, purse, or at your desk and sneak off to the bathroom to floss your teeth after eating and remove food particles.