Home Care Advice From Your Dentist in Metairie
Our ultimate goal when treating patients is a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. The most helpful thing you can do is take care of your teeth every day using dental aids and products that help control the plaque and bacteria that form in your mouth daily.
- Twice Daily Brushing - Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and brush gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath. Electric toothbrushes can help get your teeth even cleaner (especially children). They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth to allow the brush to do its job.
- Daily Flossing - Flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing goes right to where bacteria like to hide out in your mouth and disrupt 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 your 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. If you have difficulty using conventional floss, you can use floss holders or disposable flossers to help you get the job done.
- Rinsing - It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it is a good idea to ask your dental hygienist about the best kind of rinse for you. Using other dental aids as recommended by your Dentist or Dental Hygienist such as Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, and medicated rinses, can all play a role in taking good care of your teeth. And remember to regularly visit your dentist at a our office in Metairie. Convenient appointment times are available at all of these locations.