A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
We highly recommend an electric toothbrush for all our patients. 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 its job, several teeth at a time. Electric brushes are also often a good alternative to traditional brushing for children as it will ensure your child’s teeth are getting thoroughly cleaned. We offer a couple different models here at our office that is perfect for any budget or age.
Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss. We do carry a few different kinds here at our office that are available to our patients at no additional cost.
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’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on whether or not it is the most appropriate for you.Please consult us as prescription rinses may be recommended if periodontal disease is diagnosed.
Use these other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc
Reasons why proper brushing and flossing are essential:
- Prevention of tooth decay – Tooth decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and its treatment often requires complex dental procedures. Tooth decay occurs when the acids found in plaque erode the natural enamel found on the teeth. This phenomenon can easily be prevented by using proper home hygiene methods and a healthy diet.
- Prevention of periodontal disease – Periodontal disease is a serious, progressive condition which can cause gum recession, loss of bone supporting the teeth and even tooth loss. Periodontal disease is caused by the toxins found in plaque and can lead to serious health problems in other parts of the body. Removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from the surface of the tooth using a toothbrush, and from the interdental areas using dental floss, is an excellent way to stave off periodontal problems.
- Prevention of halitosis – Bad breath or halitosis is usually caused by old food particles on or between the teeth. These food particles can be removed with regular brushing and flossing; leaving the mouth healthier, and breath smelling fresher.
- Prevention of staining – Staining or the yellowing of teeth can be caused by a wide variety of factors such as smoking, coffee, and tea. The more regularly these staining agents are removed from the teeth using brushing and flossing techniques, the less likely it is that the stains will become permanent.
Remember, your smile speaks before you even say a word!
What Patients are Saying
I was in for a cleaning with Kelly. She was awesome, as always! I can’t say enough good things about Northstar; they always do a great job.
Another visit on 7/28 was again totally AOK. Dr. Adler and Jennifer were very efficient and very thorough, as was Connie in checking me out. Thanks good folks.
Always a positive experience. Dr. Adler is fantastic. Have been very satisfied here for over 10 years. Customer service is spot on. I highly recommend them.