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Self Care

Self – care education is an ongoing process that occurs during each hygiene appointment at our office.

We understand that home oral hygiene is an essential component of care and our patients recognize the importance of self-care education as related to total health care.
We customize oral hygiene routines for our patients based on their thoroughness of plaque removal and history of adherence to recommended protocols.

Toothbrushing and flossing are the basic means of plaque removal and are very important to minimize the amount of bacteria and plaque in the mouth.

We teach brushing methods or avcombination of methods that meets the needs of specific patients.
We recommend brushing twice a day with a soft bristle brush with light pressure.

Toothbrushing

Start brushing in the back and work forward with bristles directed 45-degree angle to the tooth with gentle circular motions. Continue around the top teeth. Then repeat this process for the lower teeth. Brush the back surface of the upper front teeth direct the bristles toward the gum line and downward flick. Point the bristles toward the gum line. Flick the bristles up, away from the gum line in a sweeping motions. Brush the top surface of the upper and lower primolars and molars, using circular motions. Brush your tongue for 30 seconds and the inside of your cheeks for 30 seconds. Daily tongue cleaning results in reduced numbers of pathogenic bacteria on the tongue and in the saliva.

Electric Toothbrash

Most of our patients prefer electric toothbrushes. It has been documented many times in literature, patients with compromised physical and mental conditions, as well as those with orthodontics and implants can benefit from the use of an electric toothbrush. However we have observed that other patients can also benefit from these devices. Most electric brushes feature timers. This feature is particularly beneficial for helping patients increase brushing time.

Certain electric toothbrushes have shown to remove plaque and reduce gingivitis better than manual ones. They may also provide better stain reduction.
We have a big selection of sonic and power toothbrushes available at our Office.

Flossing

Using floss is critical to remove dental plaque biofilm from between teeth where brushing alone can’t reach. By flossing teeth daily you increase the chances of keeping your teeth for a lifetime. Research has shown that individuals who floss regularly have less biofilm, gingivitis, bleeding, and calculus.

Flossing

Wrap the ends of an 18″ to 24″ section of floss around your middle fingers. Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers. Leave about one inch of floss between your hands. Gently work the floss between your teeth when reach the gumline, curve into a “C” shape around the tooth, making sure to go below the gum line. Gently glide the floss up and down several times between each tooth, including your back teeth. Apply pressure against the tooth while flossing.
Your gums may bleed for the first week until the plug layer is broken up, bacteria are removed, and your gums heal.

Resources:
“Mosby’s Dental Hygiene” Susan J. Daniel

Foundations of periodontics for the Dental Hygienist” Jill S. Nield-Gehring
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