Dental cleanings St Paul are done well at Dresen Dentistry. Some people have really bad teeth that need a lot of work, while others have very little wrong with their teeth, and maintain them in a great way. Ideally, you want to be one of the people with “great teeth.”

With that in mind, there are some things you can do to avoid messing up your teeth. For one, teeth are for smiling and eating– they’re not to be used as “tools” to open bottles or cut and tear packaging.

Next, what you put into your mouth matters. If you want to keep your teeth looking bright and white, avoid dark-colored foods and drinks like cola soda pop, red wine and dark juices which end up staining the teeth. If you can brush your teeth quickly after consuming “teeth stainers,” that will at least help wipe away the junk from your teeth. If you don’t have water around, eating pieces of apple will act as nature’s toothbrush.

dental_cleanings_st_paulIf you’re like most people, you brush your teeth for about 30 seconds–or less– but you should be brushing for two minutes. Perhaps play a favorite two minute song to brush to, and hum along ‘til it ends– why not?

Also, consider how you brush. You don’t need to brush so hard! Instead of the back-and-forth motion, try a gentle circular motion, holding the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to get at the plaque.

After your brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with an alcohol-free mouthwash to further eliminate bacteria from the mouth. If you own a tongue scraper, use it to clean your tongue– this especially helps eliminate bad breath.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all did what we **should** do when it comes to our teeth? The reality is sometimes we don’t do as we should, and then our teeth truly do need dental cleanings. St. Paul’s dentist of choice is Dresen Dentistry, located in Cottage Grove. Call the office at 651-735-1585 if you want to make an appointment for dental cleanings St Paul.