Hygiene

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Our office does general cleanings and routine care! We have a WONDERFUL hygiene department. We are thorough, yet gentle, and educate patients about their dental hygiene throughout the visit. We take the time to inform patients of areas that need improvement and goes into detail on how you can achieve better results—rather than just lecturing “floss more” or “brush better.”

Thank you for entrusting your dental health to us. Our practice philosophy is simple. We want you to have the healthiest mouth and most attractive smile that dental art and modern science can provide. We also have a strong commitment to preventive dentistry.

In order to prevent as much disease as possible and recommend sensible treatment options based on your individual needs, our hygiene department will be thorough, utilizing years of experience for your well-being.

Periodontal diseases are caused by specific types of bacteria. If you're infected, the inflammation slowly destroys gums and supporting bone. Gum infections can also affect your entire body, significantly increasing the risk of heart disease, strokes (300% greater risk), diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and oral cancer. In women, they increase the risk of pre-term births by 700%. More teeth are now lost to periodontal diseases than tooth decay.

30% of children are already infected, as are 90% of adults. 37% of adults have severe forms of the disease, but because it's usually painless, most people aren't even aware they have it. You should also know that periodontal infections are contagious. If you're infected, there's a high chance that those close to you, including your children, may also be infected.

The take-home message is clear. A beautiful, healthy smile begins with healthy gums.

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ORAL HYGIENE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Toothbrush

    With a soft bristle toothbrush, place the bristles on the tooth at a 45-degree angle to the tooth, starting one-quarter inch below the gum line. Gently wiggle the bristles under the gumline, massaging the gum. If using an electric toothbrush, let it do the wiggle for you. This should be done for at least 2–3 minutes, 2–3 times a day, for prevention.

  2. Flossing

    Wrap approximately a 15–20-inch piece of floss around your left middle finger, leaving about 6 inches free for the right middle finger (this is your floss holder). Make sure you curve the dental floss as you go through the contact point to allow you access to the root surface of the tooth (below the gum line). Make sure you continue down the root surface of the tooth until you feel the bottom of the pocket, and move the floss up and down several times on each side of each tooth. Your hygienist will recommend what kind of floss will work best for you and how many times a day you should use it for plaque removal. A minimum of once daily is recommended for periodontal and caries prevention.

  3. Proxabrush® (and similar small between-tooth brushes)

    Proxabrushes are an excellent adjunct to oral hygiene care. Place the Proxabrush in between teeth as far as it will go without forcing the tip of the brush through. Massage back and forth at least 4 times to remove plaque thoroughly.

  4. Super-floss and Threaders

    These specialized floss aids are used for thorough cleaning and plaque removal under bridges and large interproximal spaces (large spaces between your teeth). It is also used under orthodontic appliances and wires. Your hygienist will let you know if these aids would help in your home care.

  5. Rubber Tip Stimulator
    • To stimulate the gum tissue, use the tip as your hygienist demonstrates. Place the point of the tip on the gum area just above the teeth. Apply moderate pressure, slightly rolling the tip for at least 10 seconds. Depending on the severity of the infection involved, your hygienist will recommend an appropriate amount of time to use.
    • To remove plaque from around the gum line or sulcus area, place the tip under the gum-line and clean the entire circumference of the tooth.
  6. Water Pik® (and similar oral irrigation devices)

    Oral irrigation may be recommended to use at home to flush into periodontal pockets. It also aids in removing food debris from large gaps, under bridges, and around braces. Always use Water Pik® on the low setting (it can hurt the gums). Your hygienist will recommend a tip that works best for you.

  7. Toothpaste and Mouth Rinses

    Use as recommended by the hygienist and/or doctor.

  8. Periodontal Aide

    To be used for thorough plaque removal (as demonstrated by the hygienist). Especially useful for furca areas.

  9. Dry Mouth Spray (Hydra-Spray)

    We are excited to offer a dry mouth spray that really works! It's called Hydra-Spray. Your hygienist will recommend it if she sees signs of dry mouth. If you are experiencing any dry mouth and your hygienist has not discussed it with you, then bring it up with her or our dental staff. About 10% of the general population and 25% of older people have dry mouth. A dry mouth can cause many issues, including gum disease, tooth decay, staining, and enamel erosion.

In order to achieve success with conservative periodontal therapy, it is imperative that you follow through with the recommended hygiene instructions given by your hygienist, as well as keeping up with your in-office cleanings. Your hygienist will recommend what recall (how often you should have a cleaning) works best for you.

If you have questions or concern s about your oral hygiene routine, please call our office at (505) 299-6950.