While treating patients, our ultimate goal is to provide beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care begins by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that can help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA-approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion while ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Our office also recommends electric toothbrushes. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it also stops plaque colonies from building up, which can prevent damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between your hands.
Using your thumbs and forefingers as a guide, gently insert the floss between your teeth using a sawing motion.
Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
If you have difficulty using conventional floss, our office recommends the use of floss holders.
Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing and, if you are unable to brush, after meals as well. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
Use other dental aids recommended by our office, such as interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride rinse, and medicated rinses, which can all play a role in excellent dental home care.