Dental Hygiene

Dental Home Care
No treatment will be effective unless you follow it up with routine and proper home care. This means you should brush and floss regularly after every meal and at a minimum twice a day. The key is not only to do it regularly but also to do it right. Here's how.

Flossing
To properly floss you should wind the floss around both of your index fingers and push it between each of your teeth in your mouth. Make sure to freely move the floss upwards, downwards and even sideways to remove any food particles or plaque that may be lodged between your teeth or under the gums.

 


 

Brushing
Many people these days use an electric toothbrush. Whether you use an electric or still prefer a manual brush you should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Gently but thoroughly rotate the bristles across your teeth and under your gums with a backward and forward motion. Be sure to also get the top surfaces of your teeth where you bite or chew on food. Your tongue can also be cleaned with your toothbrush, which will help reduce bad breath. Lastly it is important to brush the inside surfaces of your teeth with the same rotating motion.

 


 

When brushing, it is important to use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride helps harden the outer layer of the tooth, called enamel, which will prevent cavities and also reduce bacteria in the mouth. It can also reverse the formation of smaller cavities.

Lastly, antibacterial rinses can also help reduce bacteria in the mouth. Please check with Dr. Breen or the dental hygienist if you have any additional questions.

Oral Irrigator

Another home care option is an oral irrigator product. Even though most of us brush our teeth, half of all American adults have gum disease, which is a root cause of bad breath and tooth loss. To help prevent gum disease, dental professionals tell us to floss daily. But many of us don't because string floss is difficult and time consuming to use. That's why Water Pik created the Water Flosser - an easy and more effective way to floss!

 

  • Just point the flosser tip between your teeth and along the gumline, and let it do all the work for you.
  • Water flossing takes only a minute a day, making it easy to improve your oral health and enjoy the cleanest, freshest mouth possible.
  • The Waterpik Water Flosser removes the plaque and debris lurking between teeth and below the gumline, where it's hard to reach with traditional brushing and flossing.

 

     
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Peter Breen, DMD
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Groton, MA 01450

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