When brushing your teeth, gently move the brush in a circular motion using small, gentle strokes. Use light pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel any discomfort. Do the same to the insides of the back teeth, and don't forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.
Clean the biting surfaces of your teeth using short, gentle strokes. Make sure you reach and clean all the surfaces. Once you're done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing. If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call us.
To clean the upper teeth, hold an 18-inch piece of waxed floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert it between your teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Don't force the floss or try to snap it into place. Bring the floss to the gum line and curve it into a C-shape against one tooth, then slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down on the side of the tooth. Do the same on the other side of each tooth. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth, but be careful not to cut the gum tissue between the teeth. As the floss gets dirty, make sure you use a fresh piece.
To clean between the bottom teeth, guide the floss using your forefingers. Don't forget the backside of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower.
When you're done, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles. Don't be alarmed if your gums bleed a little or get sore during the first week of flossing. 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 stop.
Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth can be sensitive to hot and cold. This shouldn't last long, but if your mouth is not kept clean, the sensitivity could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, call us. We can recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth.
Choosing among the many oral hygiene products in the market can be difficult, but at 6th Avenue Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we can help you find a product that will work for you.
Automatic, electronic toothbrushes and water-spraying devices ("water flossers") are a great combination. The water will rinse your mouth thoroughly, but will not remove plaque,. This is why we recommend brushing and flossing as well. We see excellent results with electric toothbrushes called Rotadent and Interplak.
Some toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes, called interproximal toothbrushes, which clean between your teeth. If these are used improperly, you may injure your gums. Discuss the proper use with us first.
If used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses can reduce tooth decay as much as 40%. These rinses are not recommended for children under 6. Tartar control toothpastes will reduce tartar above the gum line, but gum disease starts below the gum line, so these products will not prevent the early stages of gum disease.
Anti-plaque rinses approved by the American Dental Association contain agents that may help bring early gum disease under control. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove tartar in places your toothbrush and floss can't reach. Visit 6th Ave Periodontics & Implant Dentistry and make us an important part of your program to prevent gum disease. Keep your smile for an entire lifetime.
6th Avenue Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
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