Preserving tooth health has been a human concern for all of recorded history. Sticks and other similar tools used as tooth cleaning devices have been found in archeological digs and the first recorded – and effective – toothpaste was created by the Egyptians of salt, mint and iris flowers. These days we rely on Fluoridated toothpaste and our professional dental cleanings to keep teeth clean, bright and healthy. Regular cleanings by your Lewisburg PA dentist are crucial for maintaining good health, but between these visits, proper and regular brushing clears away bacteria, tartar and keeps your teeth bright and fresh. As an added bonus, the mintiness of toothpaste will freshen your breath while the slight abrasive quality will help clear away stains. One detail that many people aren’t aware of is that brushing immediately after certain foods or drinks can actually be harmful. That’s right! Everyone thinks that brushing immediately after meals is the best plan, but if you have consumed high-acid food or drinks, like wine, coffee, citrus fruits, and soft drinks, it is much better to rinse with water to neutralize the acids, and then wait an hour before actually brushing. If you are due for your regular, professional hygiene visit, or if you have any questions about your brushing or flossing technique, call me, Lawrence J. Winans, in Lewisburg, PA at 570-524-4454.