Oral Hygiene - Home Care
We want to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy so we have listed some helpful tips for proper home care. Although we are here to inform you and guide you with proper information and tools, it is the responsibility of each individual to maintain good oral health.
If you follow these steps every day, you will significantly increase the chances of a lifetime of good oral health.
Floss is used to remove plaque and any other debris in your teeth both above and below the gum line. Plaque refers to the bacteria and other things that stick to your teeth. There is direct connection between plaque, gum disease and tooth decay. Therefore, if you don’t remove the plaque, you may get gum disease and tooth decay.
We recommend that you floss at least twice daily, especially after meals and snacks.
If you haven’t flossed in awhile, your gums may bleed at first when you do this. If you are doing it correctly and regularly, your gums will start to heal and the bleeding should stop in no more than 2 weeks.
Brushing removes plaque and food debris on the top, inside and outside tooth surfaces. After flossing, use a soft brush along with a toothpaste containing fluoride. For the inside and outside surfaces, hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the teeth and gums and use a gentle back-and-forth motion. This technique will not only clean your teeth, it will also keep your gums healthy. On the top surfaces hold the brush flat and use a gentle scrubbing motion.
Brush for two minutes at least 2 times a day, especially in the morning and at bedtime.
Tip: Most people brush for 20-30 seconds, but brushing for 2 minutes can make a significant difference. Use a timer ~ this is especially helpful for children.
When done, spit out as much as you can. Don’t swallow any of the toothpaste, and don’t rinse out with any water.
A tongue scraper is great for removing bacteria and food debris on the tongue. These substances get stuck in the deep crevices of your tongue, and if not removed, the byproducts give you bad breath. After brushing, a tongue scraper followed by a rinse is the best way to control bad breath.
Hold the scraper with two hands, between the thumbs and forefingers. Bend the scraper so that it forms a “C”. Stick out your tongue and start scraping from back to front several times. You will notice a creamy film develop on the scraper. Rinse it off. Repeat the scraping and rinsing until the film coming off your tongue is clear.
Rinse and dry the tongue scraper. It is designed to last a long time.
After scraping your tongue, it is recommended that you use a non-alcoholic anti-bacterial rinse. This will significantly decrease the bacteria and volatile sulfur compounds (the substances responsible for bad breath).
Use a very small amount (you need less than you think) of mouth rinse and swish for 10-15 seconds and spit it out. No rinsing with water.