Good oral hygiene begins at home.
Once your dentist or hygienist has completed your oral hygiene appointment, there are a few simple things you can do to continue a regimen of good oral hygiene at home. For instance:
Give plaque the brush.
Choose a toothbrush with soft, nylon bristles; the tips of the bristles should be smooth and rounded. Here's what to do:
- Place the head of the toothbrush next to your teeth with the bristle tips at a 45-degree angle next to the gumline.
- Move the brush back and forth in a small, circular scrubbing motion.
- Brush the outer surfaces of all teeth, upper and lower. Make sure you keep the bristles angled at the gumline.
- Now brush the inside tooth surfaces, using the same brush strokes.
- To reach the inside surfaces of your front teeth, tilt your brush vertically and use gentle, up-and-down strokes with the head of the brush.
- Scrub the chewing surfaces of ALL back teeth.
**We not only highly recommend but have seen fantastic results with the use ofelectric toothbrushes. A couple proven to be superior are the Braun Oral B 3D Excel and the Sonicare. We offer these two professional models in our office; you can buy them at our cost!
Daily flossing removes plaque and food particles.
Plaque is the number one cause of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Here's how to remove plaque with dental floss:
Use a piece of dental floss approximately 18" long. Wind each end of the floss around your middle fingers.
Holding the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers, leave about an inch of floss. Use a gentle, back and forth motion to guide the floss in between your teeth. Avoid snapping the floss, as this may cause unnecessary irritation to the gums.
When the floss is at the gumline, curve it into an arc around each tooth until there is mild resistance.
Holding the floss in the arc design, gently slide it up the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum.
Repeat this procedure on both sides of each tooth.
**If flossing is difficult for you, keep working on it, it will come eventually. In the meantime, use toothpicks to push out food between your teeth and to stimulate your gum tissue. While gently inserting the point of the toothpick between your teeth (next to the gumline) press down firm with the edge of the toothpick. This helps the circulation in your gums and makes your tissue firm and pink.
Swish, Swish, Swish.
Rinsing your mouth with Listerine not only provides you with fresh breath it significantly reduces the amount of bacteria that causes gum disease. We recommend the Listerine brand because it has proven to be the strongest and most effective over the counter antibacterial rinse. NOTE: If it is too strong for you, dilute with water.