A beautiful, healthy
smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating
patients. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving
that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating 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
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, 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.
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
– 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,
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.
– 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
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