Home Care Instructions:
Home care is essential to maintaining a life of oral health. A good routine is simple and will take no more than 5 minutes daily. Brushing, flossing, and using a fluoridated mouth rinse are the essential elements to home care.
Please read the links for brushing, flossing, and mouth rinses for more information.
WE expect and hope that all of OUR patients will:
- Brush twice daily, preferably after breakfast and dinner.
- Floss daily, insuring all tooth surfaces are free of debris.
- Use a fluoridated mouth rinse.
- Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gums.
- Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth wide) strokes.
- Brush the outer tooth surfaces, the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- Use the “toe” of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using a gentle up and down stroke.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Flossing is an essential part of the tooth-cleaning process because it removes plaque from between teeth and at the gum line, where periodontal disease often begins.
- If you find using floss awkward or difficult, ask your dental hygienist about the variety of dental floss holders or interdental cleaning devices that are available.
- There are many mouth rinses on the market. We recommend that you use a mouth rinse that contains fluoride. ACT is a common brand sold at most drugstores, generic brands are equally effective as long as they contain fluoride.
- Fluoride containing rinses should be used for 30 seconds twice a day (morning and night).