Dental Hygiene

When it comes to dental hygiene, there are several factors involved in treatment times, this includes age, treatment method, and how minor or severe your case is. A big factor to a successful treatment is you, the patient! The more involved and diligent you are, the quicker and more efficient your treatment will be.

For children, receiving interceptive, or early treatment, can also help provide a quicker treatment time later on in life. Before beginning your orthodontic care, your doctor will discuss all of your options and provide an estimate for how long your full treatment may take.

Preventive Care

Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come.

Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

1.) Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

2.) Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces.

3.) Brush your tongue; this removes extra plaque and keeps your breath fresh!

4.) Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.

5.) You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.

Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

Brushing Instructions

Brushing Step 1: Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.
Brushing Step 2: Brush gently in a circular motion.
Brushing Step 3: Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
Brushing Step 4: Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

Flossing Instructions

Flossing Step 1: Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.
Flossing Step 2: Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
Flossing Step 3: Holding the floss tightly, gently saw the floss between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
Flossing Step 4: Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

Eating Healthy

The quality of your diet can also play an important role in your overall dental health.  Here are a few tips to steer you in the right general direction!

  • Eat a balanced diet, and avoid sugar treats. Eat foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese & fruit.
  • Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  • Ask us about dental sealants, protective coatings applied to the surfaces of the back teeth where decay starts.
  • If you play sports, be sure to ask us about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.

If it’s been six months since your last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!

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