Tips For A Healthy Mouth:
• Use a soft or ultra soft toothbrush to brush your teeth. This will allow you to effectively clean the teeth and gums without injury.
• Change your toothbrush every month. Bacteria builds up in the toothbrush head. If you have gingivitis or periodontal disease, an old toothbrush can prevent the healing of the active infection. Also, it does not remove plaque as well as a new toothbrush due to the damage that occurs to the bristles over a relatively short period of time.
• Floss 1-2x daily, or at least every night before bedtime.
• Brush after every meal or at lease every morning and evening.
• Use a tongue scraper every morning and evening.
• Avoid using alcohol based mouthwashes as they can irritate the oral tissues, dehydrate the mouth and alter the natural bacterial flora. Use alcohol free rinses which several main lines carry.
• Best order for using hygiene aids: 1. Tongue scraper. 2. Dental floss and or other device to clean in between the teeth. 3. Toothbrush. 4. Oral irrigator. 5. Mouth rinse/mouth wash (alcohol free).
• Avoid sugary hard candies including some cough drops as well as acidic beverages. These include: soda, diet soda, sweet tea, lemonade, energy drinks and flavored waters and "ades". If you must have these in your diet, then only consume them with meals. Do not use them to quench your thirst or to keep your mouth from feeling dry throughout the day. Consuming these kinds of beverages throughout the day does not allow your saliva to adequately buffer the acids the bacteria produce when they process carbohydrates or sugars. This can lead to a very high rate of tooth decay in a very short period of time.
• Certain health conditions and many medications can cause a decrease in in salivary flow which results in a dry mouth. This can lead to an increased risk of dental decay and periodontal disease. Ask your dental hygienist if she recommends any products that are available to combat this common problem.
• Avoid whitening toothpastes if you have veneers or porcelain laminates, porcelain crowns or composite resins "white fillings" on your front teeth. Whitening toothpastes tend to be more abrasive and will eventually scratch off the shiny outer glaze of these restorations. This will cause the restorations to look dull or to lose their glossiness.
• If you love coffee and tea but hate the way they stain your teeth, brush immediately after consumption. If that is impossible, then at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
• Seek treatment for cavities and periodontal disease as soon as possible. Remember, both can "spread" and worsen the longer that treatment is delayed. • Don't wait "until it hurts" before seeking dental treatment. Waiting "until it hurts" can lead to future tooth loss, more necessary and extensive treatment, and more costly treatment which could have been avoided.
• If you've already had treatment /therapy for periodontal disease, continue to see your hygienist every 90 days or whatever the recommended recare interval as discussed by your hygienist for continued maintenance care. This will help to ensure you keep your teeth for life. Statistics have proven that this is the most effective way to keep periodontal disease stabilized and under control.
• Sometimes sensitive teeth can be caused by the roots of the teeth being exposed or from clenching or grinding of the teeth. Proper diagnosis and treatment from your dentist can alleviate this problem.