Keeping your teeth clean is an important aspect of dental health. What you do and don't do have a great influence on whether or not you get cavities or suffer from gum disease. There are specifics that only your dentist has the answers to. Remember that there are tons of tactics you can take on within the confines of your home. We will be giving you some helpful suggestions in this article.

As someone who wants whiter teeth it is important to practice caution in the methods you choose to reach this goal. Talk to your dentist or, at the very least, do some homework before you simply do the same thing your friend has done or that you have read about on the Internet. For example, baking soda is often recommended for whiter teeth. Professionals, however, will warn you to only use this product sporadically. Baking soda is quite abrasive and if you use it too often, you can do damage to your teeth's enamel. You can also damage your teeth when you over use lemon juice and vinegar. These substances are highly acidic and while good for temporary whitening, overusing them does do damage. These are instances in which common home remedies might not be your best bet.

In India, the neem tree has been used to keep the teeth clean and healthy. The neem tree -- leaves, twigs, bark -- has been found to be a natural antiseptic. In some parts of the world, neem twigs are used for teeth cleaning. In fact, you can purchase them in some online stores and health food stores. If using a twig to clean your teeth weirds you out, you've got another way to benefit from the neem tree. You'll find many natural toothpastes having neem as an ingredient. You can clean your teeth in a natural and safe way. In addition, you'll be avoiding gum disease. Neem is combined with some healing herbs in a number of natural toothpastes. Tip for obtaining a great dentist: Crack open your Yellow Pages and search under "Beaverton dentist" or whatever your city is and scan the listings and ads.

Avoid acidic drinks because they can damage your teeth. You'll want to stay away from soft drinks, as drinking them will not only cause teeth discoloration, it will wear the enamel as well. You'll need to avoid sports drink too, and some studies have found that they're a lot worse than soda. The acid and sugar concentration in sports drink is very high. Cut back on your fruit juices as well because their sweetness and acidity can harm your teeth. Your teeth will benefit from eating fruit in the raw. The reason fruit juices are harmful to your teeth is that they've got a high concentration of acid and sugar. If you do consume any of these beverages, you should rinse your mouth afterward with water or mouthwash.

There are many good reasons to keep your teeth and gums clean. You can avoid certain illnesses by simply taking good care of your dental health. Maintaining your dental health will also help you avoid dental procedures that aren't just complicated but are costly as well. So do what you can every day to keep your teeth clean.

Dr Daniel Lee of Tanasbourne Family Dental is a quality Beaverton dentist. His dental office is close to all of Portland.

Tanasbourne Family Dental
17895 NW Evergreen Parkway Suite 150
Beaverton, OR 97006
(503) 533-9868
http://www.tanasbournefamilydental.com