Oral Hygiene

What isOral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping the mouth clean, and is considered to be the best means of prevention of cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, periodontitis, and other dental disorders. It also helps to prevent bad breath.Oral hygiene is necessary for all persons to maintain the health of their teeth and mouth. Healthy teeth have fewer cavities. They are clean and have minimal or no plaque deposits. Healthy gums are pink and firm.

How to Brush?

(1) Begin with the right equipment – a soft bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, for example the Oral-B Braun. If the bristles on your toothbrush are bent or frayed, buy a new one. A worn-out brush won’t clean your teeth properly.

(2) While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a side to side motion several times using small, gentle strokes.

(3) When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside surfaces.

(4) Next you will clean the biting surfaces of your teeth.

If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call the office.

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Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should subside with good oral hygiene. If the mouth is not kept clean the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive consult with your doctor. He may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth.

How to Floss?

(1) To clean the teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide the floss up and down until you meet light resistance.

(2) Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, move it to a fresh section.

(3) After brushing and flossing rinse well. Do not be alarmed if during the first week of brushing and flossing your gums bleed or are a little sore. If your gums hurt while flossing you could be doing it too hard or pinching the gum. As you floss daily and remove the plaque your gums will heal and the bleeding should be reduced.

Periodontal Maintenance

Congratulations on completing the active phase of your periodontal therapy. Periodontal disease is a chronic disease, very much like diabetes. Like diabetes, periodontal disease must be continuously managed to prevent the disease from getting the best of you. Most people are susceptible to periodontal disease. Periodontal patients, who have a demonstrated susceptibility to periodontal disease, do not have the luxury of skipping dental hygiene visits.

How to Brush?

(1) Begin with the right equipment – a soft bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush, for example the Oral-B Braun. If the bristles on your toothbrush are bent or frayed, buy a new one. A worn-out brush won’t clean your teeth properly.
(2) While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a side to side motion several times using small, gentle strokes.
(3) When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside surfaces.

How to Floss?

(1) To clean the teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide the floss up and down until you meet light resistance.

(2) Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, move it to a fresh section.

Caring for Sensetive Teeth

Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should subside with good oral hygiene. If the mouth is not kept clean the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive consult with your doctor. He may recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth.

Periodontal Maintenance

Congratulations on completing the active phase of your periodontal therapy. Periodontal disease is a chronic disease, very much like diabetes. Like diabetes, periodontal disease must be continuously managed to prevent the disease from getting the best of you. Most people are susceptible to periodontal disease. Periodontal patients, who have a demonstrated susceptibility to periodontal disease, do not have the luxury of skipping dental hygiene visits.

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