Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

Our recommended routines for a healthier smile.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

3 out of 4 adults are affected at some point in their life with gum disease and cavities. This could result in staining, damage, and potential loss of teeth.

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How cavities & gum disease can occur:

Bacterial plaque can easily build up at your gum line, on your teeth, and in between teeth.

The build up can decay teeth, cause discoloration, create sensitive teeth, and more.

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How to prevent cavities:

  • Brushing every morning and before bed daily. Flossing once daily-preferably before bed.
  • For children, teeth should be brushed with parents’ help as soon as teeth erupt in the mouth (around 6 months of age) and until approximately age 8.
    Flossing should be done by parents as soon as teeth are tight together (around 6 years of age).
  • Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses, if used alongside brushing and flossing, can reduce tooth decay as much as 40%.

If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please contact us!


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Questions &Answers

The best tooth brushing techniques...

How much pressure should I use when brushing?

A soft rounded bristle brush is the best bristle strength to effectively clean without injury to your teeth and gums. Ask us about the two-finger brushing technique!

What are some overall best practices?

  • You should brush your teeth for a total of 2 minutes. As a rule of thumb, try to brush the surface of each tooth about 10 times.
  • Try to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean each surface.

What steps should your child take when brushing their teeth?

  1. Position the brush at a 45 degree angle where your gums and teeth meet.
  2. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth.
  3. When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.
  4. To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth.
  5. Don’t forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue!
  6. Clean the biting surfaces of your teeth by using short, gentle strokes.
  7. After you are done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.
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