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Gerald C. Green, D.M.D.
Periodontics and Dental Implants

Home Care

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.

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.  Tooth brushing should take approximately 2 minutes to perform correctly - time yourself and see how much time you spend!

  1. Place the brush under hot water to soften the bristles.
  2. Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  3. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  4. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Electric toothbrushes may also be recommended, but care must be taken not to place excessive force on the teeth and gums.  Most electric brushes are programmed for a 2 minute cycle!

Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

  1. Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  2. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  3. Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline.  Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

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 Dr. Green or our dental hygienists on its appropriateness for you.

Use other dental aids as recommended by Dr. Green, our dental hygienists or dental assistants: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.

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