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Though they are important, brushing and flossing are not the only things you can do to take care of your teeth. Here are some other steps to consider to take care of your smile.

Chew Gum: Chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes just after eating helps clean teeth by stimulating your salivary glands. Saliva fortifies tooth enamel and removes plaque and food particles from the mouth.

Drink Water: Be sure to drink a lot of water! Not only is this good for your overall general health, but water cleans your mouth, removing food particles and debris. Fluoridated water is especially helpful; fluoride strengthens your teeth. Fluoridated water is available to 75% of the United States.

Eat Well: Eat a mouth-healthy diet, filled with lean protein, fruits, vegetables, calcium products, and low sugar foods. Consuming your daily recommended calcium intake is especially important. Dairy products are excellent sources of calcium. If you can’t consume dairy products try integrating other calcium-filled foods, such as dark leafy greens, beans, and calcium-fortified orange juice.

Use Mouthwash: The addition of mouthwash to an oral health routine can be beneficial for some people (though it is never a substitute for brushing and flossing). Choose a therapeutic mouthwash and be sure to check for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging to ensure a quality product.

Visit Your Dentist: Support your home habits with regular visits to the dentist. These should be done once every 6 months. To schedule your appointment in the Union, New Jersey area, call Stephen Kwitnicki, DDS at 908-516-2906. Dr. Stephen Kwitnicki and our staff will be happy to help you!