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One of the best things that you can do for your long-term oral health is to prioritize, and refine, your daily oral hygiene routine. When you care for your smile properly day to day, you minimize your risk of suffering from periodontal disease as well as dental cavities.

Our Saint Louis dentists are here with some simple tips to help take your dental routine from adequate to outstanding. Keep reading to learn more about dental maintenance!

You are probably already brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once a day—this is a great start! Beyond that…

· You can start rinsing your mouth with water after you eat, and after you drink anything other than water. This helps to stimulate saliva production (which works to neutralize bacteria), and clears dental debris from your smile.

· It is also important that you use the proper tools to care for your smile. Talk to your dentist about what type of toothbrush bristle is right for you; most people do well with a soft-bristled brush, as medium and firm bristles can be unnecessarily abrasive and cause inadvertent dental damage. Additionally, you want to ensure that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months or so, and after an illness.

· Some dental patients also benefit from adding a mouth wash into their dental routines. Specially-formulated oral rinses can freshen breath, fortify dental enamel, neutralize harmful bacteria, and combat dry mouth.

The best way to fine-tune your oral hygiene routine is to meet with your dental team, so that your dentist can assess your smile and make personalized recommendations. As always, you can reach our Saint Louis dentists by calling our office or submitting your question through our Contact Us page. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you optimize your at-home dental care!

Bad breath can derail a date and put a hamper on your social life in general. If you are struggling with hard-to-treat bad breath, our Saint Louis dentists are here to help. The truth is that many bad breath remedies, like mints and breath sprays, can actually do more harm than good. In most cases the patient needs to treat his or her underlying oral health problems in order to conquer bad breath for good.

Sometimes you may notice that your breath seems malodorous after you eat or drink something that is strongly flavored. Garlic, onion, seasoned meats, and more can all leaving lasting tastes and smells in your mouth. This type of odorous breath is temporary and nothing to be worried about. You can drink plenty of water and rinse your mouth with water and/or mouthwash in order to help the smells dissipate faster.

If, however, you find that you’re dealing with unpleasant, stale breath on a regular basis, it may be because oral bacteria are running rampant in your mouth. The same oral bacteria that lead to a number of oral health problems release strong odors as they feed on sugars and thus multiply.

· Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of chronic bad breath. As oral bacteria take root in your oral tissues you’ll start to notice that it becomes difficult to freshen your breath. You may notice that you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth as well.

· A severe dental cavity can also result in bad breath. Once your dentist removes the infected dental material and restores your tooth, you’ll find it is much easier to avoid bad breath day to day.

Our Saint Louis dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need about how to care for your smile and battle bad breath. Give our office a call to schedule your personal consultation!

Sometimes we suffer from accidents or dental trauma that radically damage our smiles in a short period of time. More frequently, however, dental damage accumulates and compounds over time; we may not notice that our teeth are subtly changing until the damage has become severe.

Today our Saint Louis dentists are sharing some tips and suggestions on how to care for your smile and minimize your risk of dealing with dental damage in the future. Let’s get started.

The number one thing you can do is to follow all of your dentist’s recommendations regarding at-home and in-office dental care. Plaque and tartar will wreak havoc on your smile if left unchecked.

Next, you want to make sure that you are staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water every day. When you are well-hydrated, your body is able to produce enough of saliva, and saliva is your body’s natural way of combating bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel. In the same vein, seek treatment for dry mouth if necessary, as chronic dry mouth increases your risk of developing cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

Here’s a quick tip: try getting into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink anything other than water. Not only does rinsing your mouth jump-start saliva production, it also helps to clear away the dental debris and food particles on which oral bacteria feed.

When you do get something stuck between your teeth—it happens to all of us—do not use sharp wooden or metal instruments to pick at your smile. Rather, clean between your teeth using gentle and effective floss. Picking at your smile can damage your oral tissues and cause micro-cracks in your enamel.

Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to provide you with any additional information and guidance that you may need. You can always call our office to speak to a member of our staff, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit a question and we’ll be happy to get back to you.

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