Oral Hygiene & Home Care

Our goal is to help you with a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Personal home care plays an important role, including eating habits and correct use of dental aids to control plaque, bacteria, and dental disease. Talk with your High Mesa Dental Arts dentist or hygienist to find the most appropriate brushes, rinses, and other tools that can play a role in good dental home care.

  • Work with your dental assistant to get the right brushing technique for you.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before bed) with an ADA-approved soft bristle brush, or, preferably, use an electric toothbrush, which will more efficiently remove plaque.
  • Generally, brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums in a circular motion. Brush the outside, inside, and biting surfaces of each tooth. Then brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
  • Flossing not only helps clean between the teeth and under the gumline, but also disrupts plaque colonies from building up.
  • Using 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss, or a floss holder toothpick, curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline, cleaning each tooth with a gentle up and down motion.
  • Simply rinsing your mouth with water (after brushing and between meals when you can’t brush) is a good practice.
  • If you use an over-the-counter product for rinsing, you might want to consult with your dentist or hygienist on its appropriateness for you.
  • Though bad breath can be the result of conditions like acid reflux or dry mouth, or other underlying medical conditions, it is usually the result of smoking, poor diet and/or oral hygiene, and may be a warning sign of tooth decay or gum disease, caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth.
  • Your High Mesa Dental Arts hygienist or dentist can work with you to identify home care solutions, which will depend on what is causing the problem.
  • If you notice that you have dryness in your mouth or throat, bad breath, difficulty chewing or swallowing, more frequent tooth decay or disease, then you may have “dry mouth”, which has a variety of causes, from medications, health conditions and therapies, to use of mouthwashes that contain alcohol, caffeine intake, tobacco or methamphetamines.
  • Your High Mesa Dental Arts hygienist or dentist can work with you to identify home care solutions, which will depend on what is causing the problem.
  • Let your High Mesa Dental Arts hygienist know if you have teeth that are sensitive to cold air or foods or drinks that are hot, cold, sweet or sour. Receding gum tissue can expose the dentin, leading to mild to extreme discomfort.
  • Your hygienist can explore and identify possible causes, and work with you on a specialized program of home care.

 

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