Home Care

When treating patients, it is the goal of every dentist to give them that beautiful and healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Attaining that dazzling smile is a combined effort however, so you as the patient will need to do your share.

Home care plays an important role in keeping your teeth and gums in the best of health. Home care begins with eating well-balanced and nutritious meals and staying away from sugary snacks. This is supported with the proper use of various dental aids designed to help control the presence of disease causing plaque and bacteria in the mouth.

Let’s take a look at how you can take care of your teeth and gums with home care:

Proper Brushing:

You should brush your teeth at least twice each day and especially prior to getting to bed at night. Use an ADA approved toothbrush with soft bristles as well as an ADA approved toothpaste.

Here’s how to brush your teeth the proper way:

  1. Position the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle with the bristles facing the gums. Use small circular motions while brushing and make sure you feel the bristles against your gums and not just on your teeth.
  2. Brush the front and back sides as well as the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  3. You can use the tip of the brush to clean the back portion of your front teeth.
  4. Finish off by brushing the tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

You may also use an electric toothbrush to efficiently remove plaque and clean the teeth. Simply set the bristles of the toothbrush against your teeth and gums and turn the switch on. The electric toothbrush will do its job on several teeth at a time.

Proper Flossing:

You need to clean between the teeth and beneath the gum line and the best way to do this is by flossing daily. Not only does daily flossing clean between the teeth; it also helps prevent the buildup plaque and bacteria which can damage the teeth, gums and even the jawbone.

Here’s how to floss the proper way:

  1. Wrap a 12-16 inch (30-40 cm) length of dental floss around your thumb and forefinger with about two inches of floss between them.
  2. Guide the free portion of the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  3. Curve your fingers so the floss forms a “C” shape around the tooth and under the gum line. Now move the floss gently up and down to clean the tooth.

In case you have difficulty using tradition dental floss, you can purchase floss holders as they are easier to use.
Proper Rinsing:

You’re often told to brush and floss, but one thing that is often missed out is rinsing the mouth after brushing and flossing. It is important to rinse the mouth, especially if you are unable to brush your teeth after meals. Over-the-counter mouth rinse or mouthwash may be used, which can also help to freshen your breath. Talk to your dentist so he could recommend a good brand you can use.

Your dentist or dental hygienist may also recommend other dental cleaning aids such as tongue cleaners, inter-dental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, fluoride, irrigation devices and medicated rinses, among others.