Having a clean mouth is an important factor for your preventive dental care. In addition to being healthier, it gives you fresh breath and a nicer smile.
Brushing your teeth after meals and between-meal snacks removes food particles as well as the plaque from your teeth. In addition, using a fluoride toothpaste is important because the fluoride can help kill bacteria, as well as make your teeth stronger.
Ask your Hygienist to recommend the best toothbrush for you. Generally, a brush with soft, end-rounded or polished bristles is less likely to injure gum tissue. The size and shape of the brush should allow you to reach every tooth. Worn toothbrushes cannot properly clean your teeth and may injure your gums. Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months and after illness.
Children may need smaller toothbrushes than those designed for adults as it allows for easier access and therefore permits better cleansing with improved compliance.
Flossing removes plaque and food particles from between teeth in areas your toothbrush cannot reach. As tooth decay and periodontal disease often start in these areas, it is important to clean them thoroughly on a daily basis.
Flossing is a skill that needs to be learned. Do not be discouraged if you find it difficult at first. With practice, you will find that flossing takes only a few minutes of your time each day.
What About Mouthwashes?
If used as directed, in addition to brushing and flossing, fluoride mouthwashes can help prevent tooth decay.
How often should I see my dentist?
We recommend that you see your dentist and hygienist every 6 months to optimize your oral health. However, to prevent future problems, your dentist and hygienist may recommend more frequent visits for those patients who are more prone to periodontal disease or have difficulty cleaning their teeth.