Important Tips for Your Dental Home Care
Posted on: Monday, September 10th, 2018
Visiting your dentist every six months is essential for ongoing dental health, but don’t overlook the power of your dental home care regimen as well. From your brushing and flossing habits to the protection of your crowns, bridges, and fillings, here are the most important tips you should know to create a strong and comprehensive oral care routine.
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart
Are you still using a standard bristle toothbrush? It is worth the investment to purchase a Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart electric toothbrush that will keep your teeth, gums, and tongue cleaner and healthier. The bristles on a manual toothbrush simply cannot reach and remove all of the plaque and tartar lurking in your mouth. An electric toothbrush, on the other hand, offers the power of technology to overcome human error and thoroughly clean the teeth.
The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart electric toothbrush even takes it one step further by sending your brushing data to the Sonicare app in real time. This makes it possible for the app to provide you with personalized coaching and feedback that can help you improve your brushing habits and maintain a clean, healthy mouth. With 31,000 strokes per minute, this electric toothbrush has the power and accuracy to deliver dynamic cleaning action on, around, and between the teeth.
It’s also worth considering that many electric toothbrushes even have special modes for sensitive teeth, gum massage, and whitening. These settings allow your toothbrush to function as so much more than a toothbrush! You can utilize modern technology to improve and secure your oral health.
How to Properly Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing aren’t meant to be mindless activities. They are strategic tools that control the plaque and bacteria capable of causing dental disease in your mouth. Are you brushing the right way?
- Twice per day
- Hold brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums
- Gently brush in small, circular motions
- Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of every tooth
- Use the top tip of toothbrush to clean the inside of the front teeth
Even more than brushing, flossing is the dental care activity that often confuses or intimidates people from trying. The process is simple once you learn and practice:
- Use about one foot of dental floss and wrap all but 2-3 inches around your middle finger
- Use your thumb and forefingers to guide the floss in-between the teeth
- Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline
- Move the floss up and down to clean the side of each tooth
- Use a floss holder or disposable floss pick if needed, especially for children
We also recommend you use a WaterPik
Waterpiks pulse water in such a way as to completely remove plaque, while at the same time massaging the gum tissues, drawing circulating blood flow to the area. In essence, they remove the source of disease (plaque bacterial colonies) very effectively and stimulate the tissues to heal. In addition, different flosser tips are great for different applications.
- Fill and place water flosser reservoir
- Fill the reservoir with warm water and place firmly on the base.
- Select a tip and click into the handle
- Note: If this is the first use, set the pressure control dial to high. Point the tip into the sink and turn on until water flows
- Turn unit off
- Lean over the sink
- Start with the lowest pressure setting, lean over the sink, place tip in your mouth
- Turn unit on. Close lips enough to prevent splashing, let water flow from your mouth into sink
- Move the flosser tip along the gums
- Aim the tip at the gumline
- When finished, turn unit off and use the tip eject button to remove the tip
How to Care For Your Dental Crowns and Bridges
You may have a crown or bridge in your mouth that was placed to restore function and aesthetic appeal to your damaged or decayed tooth. Although crowns and bridges are not real teeth, they should never be neglected. Here are some tips to take care of your crowns and bridges.
- Brush and floss like normal
- For a bridge use Super Floss. Super. Use a soft back-and-forth motion to remove bacterial plaque under the appliance or in wide spaces. Pull the spongy-floss through to the regular floss section. Gently slide the regular floss UNDER THE GUMLINE.
- Never chew ice, candy, or other hard foods that could break your crown or bridge
How to Care For Your Composite Fillings
Proper brushing and flossing, along with a healthy diet and reduced intake of sugary and acidic beverages, will protect your fillings for many years to come. However, you may find that you need extra care immediately after the procedure to receive your fillings:
- Avoid hot beverages for a few days, but drink plenty of water.
- Avoid sticky foods
- Carefully brush and rinse teeth the day of your filling procedure, then brush and floss normally moving forward
Professional Guidance and Advice
If you need help perfecting your dental home care routine, Dr. Beata Carlson and Dr. Amber Gilton of Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry are here to provide the support you need.
It isn’t always easy to learn and maintain strong oral care habits, which is why the team at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, Florida is committed to providing the personalized dental attention you need to protect your smile.
Call (727) 888-6523 to make an appointment today.