We Celebrate Dental Hygiene Month with Helpful Tips
Our hygienists are highly-trained individuals who assist the doctor with analyzing a patient's oral health, recognizing systemic diseases and disorders, educating patients and teaching patients oral prevention. In honor of our hygienists and their effort to teach our patients how to care for themselves, we offer some simple tips.
Regardless of the type of toothbrush you use, always make sure the bristles are extra soft. Two times a day for two minutes is all you need for the process; 30 seconds of gentle brushing per quadrant. Sonic toothbrushes, which are highly recommended, require no brushing action at all, but to simply be moved from tooth to tooth since they generate enough sonic action to remove debris, biofilm and plaque from your teeth.
Rinse after eating (avoid rinses with alcohol), as it removes food particles, biofilm and bacteria as well. Even just swishing with water after eating can be helpful.
For fresher breath, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Clinical studies now show that chewing gum, preferably sugarless with xylitol after eating, can help prevent tooth decay, increases the flow of saliva and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria in the mouth.
For the places in your mouth you just can't get to, floss every day. Done correctly, flossing removes what's in between your teeth and deep below the gumline.
The best tip of all? See your hygienist regularly. Your teeth, gums and systemic health will thank you!
Lake Grove Dental
16455 Boones Ferry Rd.
Lake Oswego, OR 97035