Archive for June 2011

The Benefits of Chewing Gum: Advice from Boise Dentists

There are some added benefits to chewing sugarfree gum in addition to freshening your breath. An ingredient called xylitol is used by a lot of the mainstream sugarfree gum makers. Xylitol is a sugar-alcohol and has a different chemical make up than regular granulated sugar. The sugar-alcohol interferes with the bacteria in your mouth and their ability to metabolize and produce acid which contributes to the breakdown of tooth enamel. Therefore it can be a very beneficial ingredient.

Chewing sugarfree gum with xylitol stimulates the production of saliva and has been shown to help reduce tooth decay by up to 40%. When used as part of your oral care routine, chewing sugarfree gum can neutralize the plaque acid attacks which can cause tooth decay. Chewing sugarfree gum with xylitol such as Orbit or Trident with xylitol after meals and snacks is a convenient way of maintaining good oral care throughout the day, or when brushing your teeth is not possible. If you have any questions about oral care, don’t hesitate to ask your local Boise dentists at your next appointment with Summit Dental Boise.


Brushing vs. Flossing: Advice from Boise Dentists

I have often been asked which comes first, brushing or flossing. It turns out that the sequence is not what is important. Rather, it is the action of brushing and flossing that makes the difference. Here is an article from the ADA addressing the subject.

Should I Brush or Floss First?

The sequence makes no difference as long as you do a thorough job. Look for products that have the ADA’s Seal of Acceptance. Choose a toothbrush that feels comfortable in your hand and in your mouth, and use it twice a day. While tooth brushing removes plaque from tooth surfaces, it can’t do the entire job of removing plaque. Cleaning between the teeth daily with floss or other interdental cleaners removes debris from between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. An ADA-Accepted dental floss or interdental cleaner is recommended.

How do you know if you’re doing a thorough job? Your dentist may recommend using plaque disclosing tablets available over-the-counter at pharmacies and other stores that sell oral hygiene products. You take these tablets after you have brushed and flossed your teeth. Red dye will stain plaque that has not been removed showing you spots that need additional cleaning.

If you have any questions about proper oral care, don’t hesitate to ask your local Boise dentists at your next appointment with Summit Dental Boise.

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