There are three essential components to great oral hygiene care at home. To begin, let's examine brushing:
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.
And let's not forget flossing:
Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach - under the gum line and between your teeth. Because plaque build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.
Finally, let's wrap it up with rinsing: 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. Listerine is a popular brand of antiseptic rinse and should be used 2x a day. Fluoride rinse is used to strengthen and protect the teeth. The flouride strengthens the enamel through a process called remineralization. ACT is a popular brand of flouride rinse and should be 1x a day for patients who have a history of cavities.