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.

How to Brush

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

How to Floss

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.

How to Care for Sensitive Teeth

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 the Right Oral Hygiene Products

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.

How Does the Procedure Work?
Unfortunately, you can’t walk out of a quick visit to the periodontist with dental implants. They must be surgically placed into the jawbone, and this typically requires a pair of procedures typically spread over six to eight months. It will require some care on your part to ensure the implant will remain in place as it should, but implants are well worth it for most patients due to the lasting benefits.
In the first procedure, the implants are placed within your jawbone and left to bond together fully. Healing time following surgery varies from person to person. For the next three to six months after the procedure, you will likely need to wear temporary dentures and eat a soft diet. During this time, we are designing the final attachment that will be placed once it is secure.
Once the implant has bonded to the jawbone, the necessary posts or attachments can be connected, and the replacements are then placed over the posts. A new tooth has essentially been created and affixed to your jaw like the rest of your teeth.
From this point on, you can think of it as a real tooth. It will likely be with you for the rest of your life. That gap in your teeth is gone forever.
Are There Other Options?
Yes. There is a newer method that can have you walking out of our downtown San Diego office with a fully functioning implant after an hour-long procedure. Known as TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™, this new technology allows for a computer-guided implant surgery that typically results in less swelling, aching, bruising and post-operative discomfort.
Developed by Nobel Biocare, TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ boasts its minimal impact on patients as one of its strongest points. Unlike the traditional implant process, which can take several visits over the course of more than six months, patients may even be able to resume their normal activities the next day after the TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ procedure.
The process requires a CAT scan of the jawbone, which is used to create a 3-D model that is used by computer software to plan the procedure. The result? A more accurate implant procedure that requires substantially less time on the patient’s part. Most of the work is already done by the time you arrive for your appointment for the TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ procedure.

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