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Office location:
Robertsdale
18471 Wilters Street
Robertsdale, Alabama
36567
Phone: (251)947-3636

                                             

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. Though bi-annual professional dental cleanings remove plaque, tartar, and debris, excellent home care methods are equally valuable.  Home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly brushing and flossing to help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental diseases.

 Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

  1. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  3. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  4. 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, one tooth at a time.


                                 

Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it also disrupts plaque colonies from forming, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

  1. Take 12-16 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches of floss between the hands.
  2. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  3. 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.
  4. Carefully move the floss up and down several times to remove interdental plaque and debris.
  5. Do not pop the floss in and out between the teeth as this will inflame and cut the gums.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

 

Reasons why proper brushing and flossing are essential:

  • Prevention of tooth decay – Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and its treatment often requires complex dental procedures.  Tooth decay occurs when the acids found in plaque erode the natural enamel found on the teeth.  This phenomenon can easily be prevented by using proper home hygiene methods.
  • Prevention of periodontal disease – Periodontal disease is a serious, progressive condition which can cause tooth loss, gum recession, and jawbone recession. Periodontal disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque and can lead to serious health problems in other parts of the body. Removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surface of the tooth using a toothbrush and from the interdental areas using dental floss, is an excellent way to stave off periodontal problems. 
  • Prevention of halitosis – Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by old food particles on or between the teeth.  These food particles can be removed with regular brushing and flossing, leaving the mouth healthier, and breath smelling fresher.
  • Prevention of staining – Staining, or yellowing, of teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors such as smoking, coffee, and tea.  The more regularly these staining agents are removed from the teeth using brushing and flossing techniques, the less likely it is that the stains will become permanent.

                                    

Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing and after meals if you are unable to brush. Rinsing sweeps food particles out of your mouth so that bacteria can't feed on them.  If you are using an over-the-counter mouthwash, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on what is best for you.


                              

Other Dental Aids - You may also need to use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist, such as: interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc. All these items can all play a role in good dental home care.

 

If you have any questions about the correct way to brush, floss, or use other dental aids, please contact our office.