Home dental care

A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is the ultimate goal for our patients. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating healthy, well balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Choosing healthy foods

Cavities are most likely to form with a diet high in sugar. This sugar can take many forms from refined table sugar or soda pop to natural honey and raisins. Any of these can lead to cavities. The more of these sugary foods that you eat or drink, the greater chance that cavities you will develop cavities. Also, if the consumption of these foods takes place over a longer period of time (for example snacking or sipping), the greater chance for cavities to form. Therefore it is best to reduce your consumption of these foods and if you do have them, it is best to have them over a short period of time, such as with a meal.

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.

  1. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and somewhat firmly push the bristles into the gum and “wiggle” or vibrate, being careful not to “scrub”. If you scrub to hard this can damage the surface of the tooth or cause the gums to recede.
  2. Star with either the cheek side or tongue side of one area of your mouth and Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  3. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. 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 disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

  1. Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  2. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  3. 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.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Rinsing

It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.

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