The name of the game is getting the bugs off of the teeth. “BUGS BE GONE” is Job One. Get it done without causing harm.
Is once a day enough? Yes! It takes bacteria about 24 hours to re-colonize on your teeth. So, if you zap the bugs once daily, you can maintain health. Do it more often for your mouth to feel clean and your breath to smell fresh but do it at least once a day - THOROUGHLY - for health.
Is there a secret to good home care? Sorry, no secret. And it’s not all that easy either. But you can learn how! It may take some effort so don’t get discouraged. If you stick with it, you’ll get there.
Make home care a habit by doing it at the same time everyday. There may be added benefit to doing it before bed but the key is consistency, so make it the most convenient time for you. In the shower, after breakfast, after lunch, after exercise, after dinner, before bed, in bed—same time, EVERYDAY. No excuses. Just do it!
Learn your way around your mouth. Imagine you’re trying to clean ivory pegs (your teeth) sticking out of two horseshoes (your jaws) that are inside your mouth.
Pay attention to what you’re doing, where you’re doing it and if you’re being effective! This could be the most important tip of all!! Put brain in gear before cleaning!
Good question. Get a hold of this: There is no “Right” or “Wrong” way to brush! It doesn’t matter how you get the bugs off. Just get them off and don’t hurt yourself.
Make sure you get the area where the tooth meets the gums. Yes, this is the third time we’ve said this. Adults learn by repetition.
When you are watching TV or reading or whatever, take your toothbrush and try to shove the bristles in between your teeth from the inside and out. We call it “dry brushing”. It works! Well.
Have your hygienist check how you’re doing by staining your teeth with red dye. Nobody can assess your effectiveness unless they stain your teeth with disclosing solution. The value of this assessment cannot be overstated.
Anything else I can do? How did you guess?? Perhaps the most beneficial aid for people with gum disease is a small brush used in between the teeth called a Proxabrush. You simply must try it. You’ll love it! It will help you keep your teeth!
If you really want to take your dental hygiene to the next level, use a Waterpik. It should not take the place of anything else but it is an excellent adjunct. See below for more information. USE MOUTHWASH INSTEAD OF JUST WATER!
Whew! That’s a lot…. How long should it take? Well, at first, it may take a while. But shoot for efficiency. With practice you should be able to do it all in 10-12 minutes maximum. No kidding!!
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Although there is no “right or wrong” way, the following approach is suggested:
Brush your teeth, the roof of your mouth, and your tongue! Brush your whole mouth. Make sure you brush where the tooth meets the gums! Pay extra attention to the inside of your teeth and your very back teeth. A soft manual toothbrush is fine but most patients do better with an electric brush.
For between & behind your teeth.
We suggest the Hydrofloss unit. It creates a magnetic charge on the minerals in tap water, which helps remove bacteria from the root surface – but any Waterpik is OK. If you can tolerate the taste, add a SMALL tsp of Clorox bleach in 300 ml of water. If it is too strong, try less bleach. An alternative is Listerine full strength or 50/50 with water. Get the big jugs at Costco. It's best to flush the lines to minimize corrosion but the Hydrofloss has a 3 year warranty.
Possibly the most important element! As a rule, it's used primarily on back teeth. Use it from the outside for sure, and the inside if possible. If you are not using the Waterpik with bleach or Listerine, then dip the brush in Chlorhexidine Rinse - EACH TIME YOU GO IN!!! You want to get some kind of bug killer in between the teeth on a daily basis. If this is your choice for a bug killer, do it after you WaterPik so you don't rinse the Chlorhexidine away. You can also use a fluoride gel instead of Chlorhexidine. The down side to Chlorhexidine is that it can stain. There are various sizes of brushes available.
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