Dental hygiene – preventative care gives you teeth for life
Taking proper care of your teeth is the only way to keep them healthy and strong. An appointment with a dental hygienist is part of every six-month visit, and includes scaling, cleaning, and any demonstrations or information you may need about taking care of your teeth at home.
Caring for your teeth every day
There’s no treatment that will work unless you follow it up with routine care. We recommend brushing and flossing after every meal – or at least twice a day. But it’s not enough to do it regularly; you have to do it right. Here’s how:
Flossing. Wind the floss around both of your index fingers and push it between each of your teeth. Move it upwards, downwards and sideways to remove food particles or plaque that may be lodged between your teeth or under your gums.
Brushing. Whether you use an electric or a manual toothbrush, hold it at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and rotate the bristles across your teeth and under your gums with a backward and forward motion. Don’t forget the top surfaces where you chew, and pay special attention to the inside surfaces of your teeth with the same rotating motion. You can also use your toothbrush to clean your tongue, which will help reduce bad breath.
Fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps harden enamel, preventing cavities and reducing bacteria. It can even reverse the formation of smaller cavities. Antibacterial rinses can also help reduce bacteria.
Do you have questions? Just ask us – we’re happy to provide any tips and demonstrations you need to help you take care of your teeth.