Dental Health Guide: How to Properly Floss Your Teeth

Dental Health Guide: How to Properly Floss Your Teeth

Follow this step-by-step guide on how to properly floss your teeth.

  1. Wind 18" of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 1"- 2" length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.
  2. Keep a 1" - 2" length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.
  3. Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.
  4. Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gumline. Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.

     

  • MANUAL TOOTHBRUSH VS ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH

Studies have proven that any oscillating or rotating toothbrush removes more plaque compared to its predecessor the Manual Toothbrush. 

But even with that in mind, Manual toothbrush if used proper and frequent can give you the same results.  The only difference is that you won’t have that vibrating sensation that you normally get after using a power toothbrush. 

We do recommend that if you have poor dexterity and have trouble gripping a toothbrush  and/or floss then a power or electric toothbrush might be the right tool for you.  We want to help you make the right choice, be sure to raise all your concerns at your next dental exam.

  • BAD BREATH

The odor caused by Periodontal Disease is also known as Halitosis.  This can be a very embarrassing to have and we do sympathize with you.  This can be treated but first we have to make sure if the Halitosis is not caused by a medical problem.  After elimination, we can determine with proper dental management your bad breath can be treated.

So before you start wasting your money on expensive toothbrushes or mouthwashes-come to see us first so we may guide you on the proper way to manage your dental health.

  • ORALY HYGIENE

How many times have you heard this “ Brush and Floss twice a day” ?  So many times that we just chose to ignore it!  Brushing once a day just doesn’t cut it.  With the numerous times we eat and the rate that bacteria accumulates in the mouth.  Having to brush after each big meal is such a small sacrifice to do compared to what is in store for us if we don’t.

  • FLOURIDE & DECAY PREVENTION

Fluoride that is absorbed by your body when teeth were forming (during mother s pregnancy to early childhood) integrates into the structure of enamel and makes it stronger.

After teeth eruption fluoride that is inside your toothpaste or mouthwash, or what your dentist places on your teeth still have a positive effect on your teeth. It strengthens the enamel and reduces the chance of tooth decay.

If you have children and live in an area that has no Fluoride in its drinking water you should consult your dentist and physician about Fluoride tablets that are available for children.

  • POST –OP INSTRUCTION FOR EXTRACTION

• Be sure to keep the gauze in your mouth with firm pressure for 30 minutes.• If bleeding should start again, place a fresh piece of gauze over the bleeding area. Bite on gauze with firm, steady pressure for 1 hour. Do not chew on the gauze.

• For the first 24 hours, brush your remaining teeth 3 times a day. Do not rinse your mouth, or use any mouthwash products.

• After 24 hours are up, rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in an 8 ounce glass of warm water). At least 4 or 5 times a day to help keep the extraction clean.

• If you experience any pain, take due pain pills as directed on the package or bottle. Be sure to take any medications as directed.

• While sleeping or relaxing, it is important to keep your head raised on 2 or 3 pillows. This will prevent any bleeding or swelling.

• Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and eat anything you can swallow. Do not eat foods such as nuts, patato chips, or spicy foods, etc.

• Do not drink any alcoholic beverages or smoke for at least a 24-hour period.

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