An attractive and healthy smile that lasts a whole life is our goal when treating patients. Your personal home care plays a very important part in achieving that goal. It begins at home by eating sensible meals, reducing the amount of snacks you eat, and properly using the assorted dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Tooth brushing clean your teeth at least twice a day (particularly before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. The use of proper brushing technique is also important:
1. Place the brush at a Forty-five degree angle to the gums and carefully brush employing a small, circular motion, guaranteeing that you usually feel the bristles on the gums.
2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. Use the end of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electrical toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electrical brush on your gums and teeth and have the brush to do its job, a few teeth at a time.
Flossing Daily flossing is the simplest way to clear the space between teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it interrupts plaque from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. Proper flossing procedure is required to make this practice affective:
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 lead the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth employing 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 encouraged if you have difficulty using traditional floss.
Rinsing is very important to wash your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to sweep. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s good to check with your dentist or dental care hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
Other dental aids may be recommended by your canmore dentist or dental hygienist: Interdentally brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc, these can all play a part in good dental home care.