Keep Your Teeth Clean Away from the Sink

shy woman with toothbrushOne of the earliest and longest-lasting relationships you’ll form is the one between you and your toothbrush. Maintaining your good hygiene means using your toothbrush at least twice, and sometimes more, every day. Still, keeping your teeth clean requires a little more attention than you pay them at the bathroom sink. Besides the plaque you brush off your teeth, the foods and beverages you consume also influence your dental health, as well as habits such as grinding your teeth and chewing on pens and pencils.

Good Hygiene Habits

To help maximize your hygiene routine’s results, Dr. Ryan Hussong advises keeping in mind what your teeth go through on a daily basis.

  • Check the teeth grinding—When you’re late for work, agitated by an inconsiderate friend or coworker, or simply in a bad mood, clenching your jaws and teeth together is a typical reaction. When it occurs consistently, it’s a medical condition known as bruxism. People with bruxism may grind their teeth more often at night, but if you catch yourself doing it during the day, then make the effort to stop.
  • Choose water over sodas and fruit juices—The protective layer around your teeth, known as tooth enamel, is vulnerable to acidic substances, such as sodas and fruit juices. The sugar in these beverages also feeds oral bacteria that convert them into more acid. When you’re thirsty, choose a glass or bottle of water instead of a soft drink. Water rinses your mouth of food debris and particles, and also neutralizes substances that can weaken or damage your teeth.
  • Become a regular at the dentist’s office—Along with brushing and flossing your teeth twice every day, the American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends visiting your dentist at least once every six months. Routine dental checkups and cleanings will help ensure that your teeth stay healthy, and allow Dr. Hussong to spot signs of trouble before they develop into more serious issues. Our talented hygienists will also thoroughly remove bacterial plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth, including underneath the gum line, if necessary.


Dr. Ryan Hussong is a dedicated restorative, family, and cosmetic dentist who is passionate about helping patients create and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles. To schedule a consultation with us, call the Cornerstone Dental office today at (515) 984-6001. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Polk City, Ankeny, Grimes, Ames, Johnston, Urbandale, and Des Moines.

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