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 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.
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.