Our ultimate goal is a healthy and beautiful smile for each of our patients. Your home care plays an important role. Eating balanced diets, taking fewer snacks, and adopting the use of various dental aids that reduce the bacterial and plague that cause dental disease.
Tooth brushing – try brushing your teeth twice daily, at least (especially before you sleep at night), with toothpaste and toothbrush that are approved by the ADA
- Brush using a circular motion, with the brush placed at an angle of 45 degrees to the gums, making sure you that are feeling the brittles on the gums.
- Brush the inner, biting and outer surfaces of the teeth.
- Clean the inside of the front teeth using the tip of the brush.
- Thoroughly brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and freshen your breath.
You can also use electric brushes. They are effective at removing plague and are easy to use. You only need to place the bristles of the brush on your teeth, and the brush will do its job of cleaning several teeth at a go.
Flossing – flossing every day is the best way to clean under the gums and between the teeth. Flossing does not just help you clean these spaces, it also prevents the build-up of colonies, preventing bone, gum, and teeth damage.
- Wrap 12-16 inches of dental floss around your middle fingers, with 2 inches of floss remaining between the hands.
- With your forefingers and thumb gently guide and insert the floss between your teeth in a sawing motion.
- Make the floss into a “C” shape under the gumline and around each tooth. Gently rub each side of the tooth in an up and down motion.
It is recommended that you use floss holders if you find it challenging to use conventional floss.
Rinsing – you should rinse your mouth after brushing or after meals if you don’t brush. If you have purchased any over-the-counter rinsing product, ensure you ask your dentist if it is okay for you to use.
Other dental aids should be used according to the recommendation of your dental hygienist or dentist. Rubber tip stimulators, medicated rinses, interdental brushes, tongue cleaners, fluoride, irrigation devices, etc., can spice up a good home care routine.