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Preventive Dentistry

Dental Tips 

  • Have a dental checkup at LEAST EVERY 6 MONTHS. 
  • Brush at least twice a day with soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. 
  • Use floss every day. 
  • Use a interdental brush daily 
  • Use an anti-microbial mouth rinse to control gingivitis. 
  • Use a topical application of fluoride for dry mouth 
  • If your gums bleed when you brush or eat see your dentist

People with diabetes get gum disease more often.

  • Gum infections make it hard to control blood sugar. 
  • Once a gum infection starts it takes a long time to heal it. 
  • If the infection is severe, you can loose your teeth. 

Natural teeth help you chew foods better and easier than dentures. 

  • Check the fit of your dentures yearly to prevent sores.
  • Brushing Tips
  • Use a soft bristled brush, preferably one with rounded, synthetic bristles. 
  • Replace your toothbrush approximately every two to three months or as soon as the bristles are worn or bent. A worn-out toothbrush does not clean your teeth properly, and may actually injure your gums. 
  • You should also replace your toothbrush after you've had a cold. 
  • Be sure your brush is the right size (in general, smaller is better than larger). 
  • Place the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, and slide the tips of the brush under the gums. 
  • Gently jiggle the bristles or move it in small circles over the tooth and gums. 
  • Brush the outside, the inside, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. For chewing surfaces, use a light back and forth motion. 
  • For the front teeth, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower jaws: Tilt your brush vertically and make several strokes up and down with the front part of the brush over the teeth and gum tissues. 
  • Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath. Debris and bacteria can collect on your tongue and cause bad breath. 
  • Since your toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time, change its position to clean each tooth properly. 
  • Brush at least once every day, preferably at bedtime. Adding a brush time after breakfast increases your chances of thorough daily plaque removal. 
  • Don't brush your teeth too vigorously, and don't use a hard bristled toothbrush, since it causes the gums to recede and exposes root surfaces. It also wears down the tooth structure. Both of these conditions can lead to tooth sensitivity. 
  • A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste is sufficient. 
  • Replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread, as a worn out toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth. 

Flossing Tips

  • Wrap about 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of your hands. 
  • Hold the floss tightly, using your thumbs and forefingers, and gently guide it between your teeth. 
  • Don't "snap" the floss as this can cut the gums! 
  • When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel pressure against the tooth. 
  • Gently scrape the side of the tooth with the floss. 
  • Repeat this method on all your teeth. 
  • Move to a clean area of floss after one or two teeth. 
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