Home Care

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 sugar intake, 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 a CDA approved soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste.

  • Place the 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.
  • Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  • Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria from the tongue’s surface.

Electric toothbrushes can also be used.  They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently.  Simply place the bristles of the electric brush gently on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job.

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

  • Take 30-40 cm (12-16 inches) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 5 cm (2 inches) of floss between the fingers.
  • Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a slight sawing motion.
  • Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gum line.  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 your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist may include: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride rinses and medicated rinses, all of these can  play a role in good dental home care.