8. Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
Brands of toothpaste that contain fluoride can help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride works together with calcium and phosphorus to help build up weak spots in tooth enamel. To allow the fluoride to remain in contact with your teeth for a longer period of time, the Oral Health Foundation suggests that you “spit, don’t rinse.” If you find your mouth is filled with an overabundance of sudsy toothpaste after brushing, you may want to try using a smaller amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush.
7. Use Floss or Interdental Brushes
Flossing is a critical part of good oral hygiene. The bristles of your toothbrush are not able to get between each tooth to remove the plaque and food particles that lurk there. The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once each day. This task takes only minutes and can go a long way toward preventing cavities and keeping your gums healthy. Another option for cleaning between teeth is to use interdental brushes. These slim, pointy brushes are designed to fit between teeth where your regular toothbrush can’t reach.
6. Consider a Fluoride Mouth Rinse
If you are prone to cavities or weak areas in your tooth enamel, your dentist may suggest using a fluoride rinse. While other mouthwashes contain antiseptic agents to kill bacteria, fluoride rinses contain fluoride to strengthen your teeth. When using a fluoride rinse, swish vigorously before spitting out all of the mouthwash into the sink. Then avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes to allow the fluoride to stay in contact with your teeth. If you “spit, don’t rinse” your toothpaste, you may want to use your fluoride rinse at a separate time of day from brushing.