3 Oral health secrets your dentist won't tell you

Proper care for your teeth and gums can extend your natural teeth lifespan and prevent costly (and sometimes painful) restorative procedures.

Here are 3 oral health secrets that will help keep your oral hygiene in check:

  • Chewing gum is good for you

  • Specifically, sugar-free gum. Chewing increases your saliva production, a key component to good oral health. It helps clear out lingering bits of food and can help carry away bacteria and acid that build up on your teeth.

  • Too much fluoride can damage teeth

  • Dentists love fluoride. It's a mineral that is commonly found in toothpastes and some tap water. While fluoride is good for you in moderation, too much of it can cause Flurosis - the term used when your teeth deform due to too much fluoride.

  • Spending more than 2-minutes brushing will improve your oral health

  • Dentists often recommend brushing for 2-minutes, twice daily; however this is actually the minimum amount of time that's required. For ultimate oral health, the ideal amount of time is actually 3-5 minutes each session. Spending the extra couple of minutes to really get into the nooks and crannies will make all the difference.

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