The Right Brush
Must have soft bristles for effective cleaning without trauma or recession of gums or abrasion of teeth.
Handle & size of head should correspond to person’s hands, size of mouth, and dexterity level. Electric toothbrushes are great – efficient, effective, and a fun way to brush, especially for younger children and the elderly. Also, don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Remember: spend 2-3 minutes on a slow rotating motion to benefit your teeth not harm them.
Sensitive vs. Tartar control toothpastes
If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold foods, or even to light touch or brushing because of receeded gums and exposed tooth surfaces, we can recommend a variety of sensitive toothpaste. Generally you should avoid tartar control pastes as they tend to cause more sensitivity.
Floss, Floss & Floss
Approximately 1/3 of the surface of teeth are not being cleaned if you don’t floss, no matter how well you brush! Plaque build up between teeth cause cavities and periodontal disease. Floss is now available in many textures and flavors- some are made especially to glide between tight teeth, some are shred- resistant, and many have great flavors. Ask your dentist to recommend the best floss for you!
Remember: Everyone should floss – just find the right floss and/or floss aid!
Rinsing helps remove debris from the mouth. Removing this debris will freshen breath, help to reduce plaque (a thin film of bacteria that forms on teeth) to prevent or reduce gingivitis, tooth decay, and reduces the speed that tartar forms on teeth. Mouth rinses can be used before or after brushing, but it is not a substitute for brushing or flossing.
Regular Check – Ups
A regular check- up includes a thorough examination with or without radiographs. Most people cannot feel small cavities, oral lesions, or periodontal disease until it’s too advanced to try to restore or salvage. A dentist is trained to see even the smallest lesions and can recommend preventive care.
Remember: Preventive care is always better than restorative care.