While saliva is your body’s natural protective mechanism when it comes to your teeth, it still needs help because of the amount of sugary and acidic drinks and foods that pass through the mouth. Brushing regularly with toothpaste and flossing every day is absolutely necessary. But not all oral health ingredients work in collaboration with your body. The alcohol in mouthwash can dry out your mouth, so use it in moderation if brushing and flossing alone don’t do the trick.
To keep your mouth clean and your teeth healthy between brushing, try snacking on natural, crunchy snacks like carrots and celery. Cheese, nuts and milk are also great for your teeth. To help your mouth stay neutral, replace soda with water and rinse with water after drinking coffee, tea, wine or any other beverage that would stain a white T-shirt. Finally, chewing on sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candy can get the salivary glands to produce more saliva.
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