We truly value our patients in Logan, UT and want everyone to walk out of our office pleased with their smile. We promise to assist you in every way we can while in the office, but we also know that how you care for your teeth at home plays an important role. It starts by eating healthy, balanced meals and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Here are a few simple tips that we encourage everyone to make a part of their lifestyle:
- Tooth Brushing – We recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day. It’s especially important before going to bed at night so that sugar and plaque build up doesn’t sit on your teeth while you sleep. Use an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. For optimal results, place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion. Also, be sure to lightly brush your gums. Make sure the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of your teeth are brushed. Use the tip of the brush to clean the backside of the front teeth. Brushing your tongue also removes bacteria and freshens your breath. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do the work, several teeth at a time.
- Flossing – Make it a habit to floss daily. Damaging plaque and bacteria fester between the teeth and under the gum line, where simple brushing can’t reach. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion. Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth. Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using regular floss. Don’t underestimate the value of flossing daily.
- Rinsing – Always rinse your mouth after brushing, and after ever meal if you are unable to brush. Before you purchase an over-the-counter product designed for rinsing, make sure you speak with your dentist or a dental hygienist to make sure the product is appropriate for your teeth. They may also recommend one of these other products to clean your teeth: interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc. These can all play a role in good home dental care.
- Fluoride – Fluoride is used in our office as a supplement to regular hygiene visits. Children up to age 18 receive a fluoride treatment twice a year, at their regular hygiene appointments. At this stage, fluoride acts to help form strong permanent teeth as they develop, as well as helping to prevent cavities. In adulthood, fluoride is recommended on an individual basis. Fluoride helps to seal dentinal tubules which cause root sensitivity, and to strengthen the root surface to protect against decay. Another benefit of fluoride is that it will strengthen and seal the margins of crowns, which prevents decay from getting in underneath the crown and potentially ruining it. Just as it does with children, fluoride helps to strengthen the dental capacities for adults. Talk with Dr. Boston during your appointment about what type of fluoride is best for you.
We hope these hygiene tips help. Practicing good oral hygiene and keeping your mouth clean and healthy are some of the most important things you can do for yourself and teach your children. Call today if you’d like to speak with a representative from Dr. Boston’s dental office to discuss how you can take better care of your teeth. (435) 752-3343