Home Care

This is one of the most important aspects you can do for your overall health. We want your healthy, beautiful smile to last you a life time, and that requires your dedication for at home care!

Tooth Brushing:

You should brush your teeth at least two times a day with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. The most common times include before going to bed and upon waking up in the morning. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. If you have questions about the quality of your toothbrush or how to properly brush your teeth, please talk with your dentist or dental hygienists about finding the right one for you at your next visit.

For immediate help follow these simple tips until you can see your dentist.

  • Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums,gently 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 head to clean the inside front teeth.
  • 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. All of our offices have electric toothbrushes and floss holders available, ask your office if you are interested in learning more about these items.

Flossing:

Flossing is the process of using a thread-like material to clean between the contact areas of teeth. You should floss daily because it’s 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.

For immediate help follow these simple tips until you can see your dentist.

  • Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between your 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. All of our offices have floss holders and electric toothbrushes available, ask your office if your interested in learning more about these items.

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, its a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

Note: For more information on dentistry, please visit the following two websites: The American Dental Association Website http://www.ada.org and WebMD at http://www.webmd.com or visit our links page. Please ask our knowledgeable staff any questions or concerns you may have. They are there to help you!