Preventive Dental Care at Home
It is vital to your overall heath to properly care for your teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing not only prevent gum disease, they work together to ensure the removal of plaque which is the primary cause of bad breath and tooth decay.
At Detail Dental, our team is committed to your oral health care in the office, but here’s what you can do at home to protect against gum disease and make sure your smile lasts a lifetime.
At Home Prevention
Brush your teeth. Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your gums and tongue. The bacteria that causes bad breath thrive on your tongue.
Floss. Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and biofilms between teeth that you can’t reach with your toothbrush.
Mouthwash. Using an approved mouthwash can help reduce biofilms and remove small pieces of food that brushing and flossing missed.
Know your risk. Age, smoking, and poor diet can all increase your risk for periodontal disease. If you want to learn more about preventing periodontal disease, schedule an appointment to discuss it with one of our doctors or hygienists.
How to Properly Brush and Floss
- Place the toothbrush against the gums at a 45-degree angle.
- Using light pressure, move the brush in a circular motion covering the gums and teeth.
- Brush the inside and outside of your teeth, as well as the chewing surfaces.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, hold the toothbrush vertically.
- Brush the teeth for 2 minutes in total 2 times each day.
What if I Brush incorrectly?
Brushing your teeth correctly is essential for maintaining good oral hygiene. However, using an incorrect brushing technique can actually cause harm to your gums.
The gingival margin is the part of the gum that comes into contact with the crown of the tooth. Brushing too hard can actually damage the part of your gums that touches your teeth, possibly triggering bleeding and recession.
What not to do when brushing your teeth:
- Apply too much pressure
- Use a hard or medium bristled toothbrush
- Brush the teeth in a broad, horizontal motion
Healthy gums fit tightly around the crowns of the teeth. Gum recession occurs when they pull away or recede, exposing the roots below. Unlike the crown of the tooth, the roots do not have a protective enamel coating making them more sensitive to decay. Once the gum tissue has receded from the teeth, it cannot grow back. However, there are ways in which we can surgically manipulate the gums to help cover exposed root surfaces.