Home Care

Home Care

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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 disease.

TOOTH BRUSHING

Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft tooth brush.

  • 1. For thorough but gentle cleaning, use a soft-bristle toothbrush. 
  • 2. Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle. Begin by brushing the outsides of the front teeth. Use a gentle circular motion.
  • 3. Next, brush the outsides of the back teeth, starting along the gumline.
  • 4. For the insides of the back teeth, use short, angled brush strokes.
  • 5. Brush the insides of the front teeth, tilting the brush vertically; use an up-and-down motion.
  • 6. On the chewing surfaces, hole the brush flat and use a gentle scrubbing motion.

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.

  • 1. Wind 18 inches of floss around your two middle fingers.
  • 2. Gently place the floss between teeth.
  • 3. To remove plaque and debris, gently move the floss up and down against the tooth.
  • 4. As you move from tooth to tooth, use a fresh section of floss each time. 
  • 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, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

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