Dr. Terri wants nothing less for patients in Geneva, NY than a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. But of course, you play a vital role in ensuring that your teeth stay in great shape. Your daily, personal dental hygiene must be impeccable. It all starts with eating balanced meals, limiting your snacking and properly flossing, brushing, rinsing and using the various other dental aids designed to help control the bacteria and plaque that can lead to periodontal disease.
Brushing your teeth: Do this at least twice a day (at bedtime is most important) with toothpaste and a soft-bristle brush approved by the American Dental Association.
Many dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush to make plaque removal easier and more efficient. You can clean several teeth at a time simply by place the bristles of an electric brush against your gums and teeth, and moving it around.
The most effective way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline is by flossing daily. In addition to cleaning hard-to-reach surfaces of your teeth, flossing prevents plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the teeth, gums and bone.
If conventional flossing methods are difficult for you, floss holders are a good alternative.
Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and after meals if you don’t have the ability to brush right away. If you are using an over-the-counter mouthwash, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist about whether it is a good fit for you.
Other dental aids can play a valuable role in at-home oral hygiene. Your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend include: