Best preventative dental care practices


There are a number of ways that we can nourish our teeth and gums. Implementing the following dental care practices as a part of your daily routine can help improve oral health.

1. Brush teeth before bed

While dental health professionals recommend brushing at least twice per day, it is especially important to brush your teeth before bed. Brushing before bed removes any food particles, bacteria, or plaque that has built up over the course of the day.

2. Use products containing xylitol

No time to brush between snacks and meals? Chew gum or suck on mints containing xylitol. Numerous studies have found that xylitol can help improve oral health by stimulating saliva production, eliminating bad bacteria in the mouth, and preventing cavities.

The American Dental Association recommends both children and adults use products containing xylitol between meals. At 4ever Mints [], all of our products contain xylitol; this helps ensure our customers have fresh breath and healthy teeth as they enjoy the longest-lasting breath mint on the market!

3. Don’t forget the tongue

Plaque and bacteria can also build up on the tongue; this can cause bad breath in addition to other oral health problems. Gently brush the tongue after brushing your teeth using your toothbrush or special tongue scraper.

4. Floss regularly

Even those who brush regularly often neglect flossing. Flossing at least once per day is an important part of any oral health routine as it removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth.

“Flossing is not just for getting those little pieces of Chinese food or broccoli that may be getting stuck in between your teeth,” says Jonathan Schwartz, DDS. “It’s really a way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in the area.”

5. Choose water

Water is the best beverage for your body – and your mouth. Drinking water regularly can help wash away bacteria and food particles in the mouth. If you drink soda, juice, or another sugary beverage, drink water after to help wash away any remaining acid.

6. Snack on crunchy fruits and veggies

Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as celery, carrots, or apples are good for our bodies in two ways. First, they contain plenty of vitamins and healthy fibers. Second, crunchy snacks can stimulate saliva production to help wash away bacteria in the mouth; these crunchy foods can also naturally remove buildup from the teeth.