Brushing and Flossing
There are several methods of tooth brushing. Use a good quality soft bristled toothbrush and replace your toothbrush every two to three months. It is also important to floss every day. For those with braces, bridgework and implants, special care is needed to successfully remove plaque. We’ll be able to tell you the best method for your individual needs when you come in for your appointment.
Caring for Braces
Orthodontics can create a perfect smile through the proper alignment with braces, either fixed or removable devices worn over a period of time. These applications must be correctly maintained in order for them to be effective. When brushing your teeth, place the toothbrush below the brackets and work the bristles upwards in a vibrating motion, then do the same action downwards. It’s also important to use an interdental brush, floss threader and an oral irrigation when cleaning your teeth and braces. Make sure to avoid sticky foods and carbonated soft drinks.
Periodontal disease is symptom-free in its initial stages, but if left undetected can lead to tooth loss. That’s why it’s important to attend regular check-ups with your dentist. Some early signs of gum disease are:
• Bleeding gums when flossing or brushing
• Swollen puffy gums that separate from the tooth surface
• Bad breath
• Pus draining between teeth and gums
Mouth guards are used in a number of different settings. Many athletes use them in sports that involve heavy physical contact. Others use mouth guards to protect from teeth grinding during sleep. While there are a variety of types of mouth guards, they are all designed to protect your teeth, lips and tongue from damage. Mouth guards can be used by children and adults alike.