What is preventative dentistry and what are we trying to prevent? Our goal is to get every mouth to a healthy state; free of gum disease, cavities and other oral diseases. Routine six-month oral examinations and cleanings help us reach this goal. With emphasis on proper brushing and flossing habits we guide you to a healthy and beautiful smile.
How to brush properly: Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums. Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.
1. Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back & forth rolling motion. Move brush to the next group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.
A regular small head toothbrush with soft nylon bristles is best for brushing. Mechanical or power toothbrushes are very effective in removing plaque. Don’t forget to brush the tongue!
Which toothpaste is best to use? Small Children: Children under 2 years of age and younger should use fluoride-free toothpaste. Young children usually will swallow small amouts of toothpaste when brushing and fluoride can upset the stomach. This is why we recommend fluoride-free toothpaste for this age group. Adults: Any toothpaste with fluoride is a good choice. Tartar Control toothpaste is effective as well but it only cleans and prevents the formation of tartar above the gumline. Professional cleaning at the Dentist is the only way to clean below(underneath) the gum line. Whitening Toothpaste: These don’t really whiten teeth. They have abrasives in them to remove surface stains, but they do not actually whiten your teeth. Most toothpastes contain abrasives. *There are toothpastes available only with a prescription. Our Dentists will let you know if this is necessary for your situation.
Flossing: Flossing is the only way to remove plaque from in between teeth. It is very important to floss at least one time everyday.
How to floss: Use an 18 inch, long piece of waxed floss. Start flossing from top right and move all the way to top left, not missing any areas. Then move to the lower left and move all the way to lower right. Doing it this way everytime assures that no area is missed and you are getting the same teeth everytime. Wrap one end around the middle finger on the right hand a couple of times, wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand. Use the thums and index finger of both hands to manipulate the floss. Place the floss in between 2 teeth and hug the side of one tooth and move the floss up and down and out. Then place the floss in the same area and this time hug the other tooth with the floss and again, move the floss up and down and out. *Remember: You don’t have to floss all of your teeth everyday; only the ones you want to keep!
Mouth Wash: It is an excellent addition to your oral hygiene regimen. If you are prone to getting cavities, fluoride mouthwash may be recommended for you. Remember to swish the mouthwash for a minute and DO NOT eat or drink or rinse your mouth with water for at least half hour after the mouthwash. There are also prescription mouthwashes available which can only be determined by the dentist if you need it.