A healthy smile is beautiful and should lasts a lifetime, that is our main goal when treating patients. Your personal home hygiene is an important role in meeting that goal. Your home hygiene starts by eating well balanced meals, limiting the amount of snacks you eat, and using the various dental aids to help reduce the plaque and bacteria that cause dental issues.
Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth twice a day (most importantly before going to bed at night) with an American Dental Associatioin approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
- Put the brush at a 45 degree angle next to gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, you always feel the bristles on your gums.
- Brush the outside, inside, and biting surfaces.
- Use the tip of the brush to the inside of the front teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove food and bacteria as well as keeping your breath fresh.
It’s also recommended to use an electric tooth brush. They are easy to use and can remove plaque well. Place the bristles of the brush on your gums & teeth and let the brush to do its job.
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.
- 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.
- Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between 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.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing and 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.