Home Care Instructions

How to Brush Your Teeth

Oral Care At Home

A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients in our Gilbert dentist office. A healthy smiles starts with your personal oral care at home, and plays a major part in helping us achieve that goal. Good personal home care includes eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Following these tips below will help you maintain proper oral care at home, and maintain a HAPPY and BRIGHT, healthy smile.

Brushing Your Teeth

Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. Electric toothbrushes are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

  1. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  3. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  4. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Flossing

Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

  1. Take 12-16 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches of floss between the hands.
  2. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  3. Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline.  Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Rinsing

It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing and after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on to make sure it’s right for you.

A preventative treatment program including cleanings is also vital to your smile’s health. Contact our Gilbert dentist office today to schedule an appointment.

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