There are three essential components to great oral hygiene care at home: brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Let’s get into how to do all of them correctly and what products are best!
Proper brushing takes at least two minutes – that’s right, 120 seconds! Ideally, we want to see patients brushing twice daily. To properly brush your teeth, use short, gentle strokes. Pay extra attention to the gum line, hard-to-reach back teeth, and areas around fillings, crowns or other restorations. Use a toothbrush with soft or extra soft bristles that will not be harsh on the gum tissues.
Sonicare Flexcare Platinum: If you make the decision to go electric, we strongly recommend the Sonicare brand in our office. An electric toothbrush is great for helping overly aggressive brushers control their speed and pressure, as well as encouraging a full two minutes of brushing (the magic number!).
Colgate Wave Sensitive: If you stick with manual, please, soft bristles!! We give out this model in office, but if another one strikes your fancy, a soft brush head is our recommendation.
Colgate Total: For the majority of patients we want a solid, fluoridated toothpaste. We like a number of Colgate products and are happy with the results of their total toothpaste.
Sensodyne Pronamel: For patients who suffer from gum recession or are prone to sensitivity, we’ll recommend a toothpaste with an especially low RDA to make sure they’re treating their gums with appropriate care. Sensodyne is among the most gentle of the options available.
ClinPro: For patients with weakened enamel and at a high risk for cavities we recommend prescription ClinPro toothpaste. The high concentration of sodium fluoride and tri-calcium phosphate help to restrengthen enamel and prevent decay. This toothpaste can only be purchased through a dental office.
Mouth rinse is recommended in addition to regular brushing and flossing. Antiseptic and Fluoride rinses both play an important role in your oral health. Antiseptic rinse is used to improve gum health by killing a variety of germs that form plaque and cause gingivitis and bad breath. Fluoride rinse is used to strengthen and protect the teeth. The fluoride strengthens the enamel through a process called remineralization.
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