Oral Hygiene

Caring for your teeth is an important step in preventing tooth decay, gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (inflammation of the supporting structures of the teeth).

Technique: We recommend brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before bedtime with a soft bristle toothbrush. In order to fully remove all the plaque and bacteria, we recommend brushing for two full minutes at a time (thirty seconds per quadrant). Using a manual toothbrush, position the brush head at a 45 degree angle with the tooth in order to adequately remove plaque both above and below the gum line. An electric toothbrush tends to remove more plaque than a manual toothbrush. Most electric toothbrushes have a timer that let the user know when they have reached two minutes. Some even let the user know when they are brushing too aggressively, which can be damaging to the surrounding teeth and gingiva. Even the best brushing cannot get the bacteria and plaque that forms in between the teeth. To address these areas we strongly recommend flossing every evening before bed.

Toothpaste and mouth rinses: There are many different options of toothpaste available. We recommend a toothpaste with fluoride. Mouth rinses are an excellent way to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.