Home Care in Chicago, Illinois
When we treat patients, our goal is to preserve a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. A large factor in achieving that goal is the time and effort you spend at home. This starts with eating a healthy, balanced diet, reducing carbohydrates and sugary snacks and using the various dental products that keep plaque and bacteria in check.
Brushing: Brush your teeth twice a day (especially before you go to bed at night) with toothpaste and a soft bristle toothbrush approved by the ADA. The following are guidelines for proper brushing:
- Place the brush at a 45-degree angle and softly brush using a circular movement. Make sure you always feel the brush on your gums.
- Make sure to brush all surfaces of the tooth: outer, inner and biting
- Clean the inside of your front teeth, use the tip of your toothbrush
- Brush your tongue to eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath
We recommend electric toothbrushes because they are easy to use and quickly remove plaque and bacteria. Just place the brush on each tooth at a time and allow it to do its job.
Flossing is essential for cleaning the gum line and in between the teeth. Daily flossing helps to clean these hard-to-reach spaces, and it also prevents plaque colonies from building up and causing damage to teeth, gums and bones.
Take about 12-16 inches (30-40 cm) of floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving approximately 2 inches between your fingers.
Gently slide the floss between your teeth with a sawing motion. Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss.
Make the shape of a C with the floss and guide it around each tooth. Work the floss gently under the gum line by moving it up and down, and back and forth.
For those with large hands or difficulty holding floss, floss holders are recommended.
Rinsing is a habit that should not be overlooked. Rinse your mouth with water after brushing your teeth, or if you are unable to brush after a meal. If you are using a mouthwash, ask your dentist about a product that fits your needs.
Make sure to use all dental aids prescribed by your dentist or dental hygienist. This includes Interdental brushes, medicated rinses, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices and fluoride.
Proper home care leads to less time in the dental chair.