Helpful Information

We provided the following information for your convenience. Please click on any of the items to learn more about dentistry and how you can keep your teeth healthy and maintain a beautiful smile.

If there is anything you would like to learn more about, please do not hesitate to contact us by email, phone, or come in for a complimentary consultation.

Watch this video for proper flossing the brushing instructions.

Tips for a Lifelong Healthy Smile
1.Stay away from starchy foods like chips and crackers  they can be just as bad for your teeth as sweets.
2. Drink plain tea without sugar. It helps cut down on plaque and cavities.
3. Brush after every meal or at least once a day before bedtime.
4. Choose healthy foods like cheese and crunchy vegetables.
5. Never use your teeth to open things.
6. Use fluoride toothpaste.
7. Don’t smoke  and remember that coffee, tea, colas and Soya sauce can stain your teeth.
8. If you can’t brush after every meal, try chewing on a piece of sugarless gum or biting into a carrot or apple.
9. Go for brushes with soft nylon bristles.
10. Replace your tooth brush about every three months.
11. Use a mouth guard if you play contact sports.
12. Always wear a seatbelt in your car  it can save your teeth in an accident.
13. Floss every day.
14. See your dentist regularly

Toothbrush Technique

Everyone knows about the importance of brushing, but most people still use a fairly random technique! They usually start in the front and end somewhere in the back, brushing at random and often missing areas on the way. Establishing a pattern when you brush is extremely important for the daily removal of plaque. Flossing and regular visits to the dental office will complete the job.When you are brushing your teeth, it’s also important not to miss your gums. Adults, in particular, need to concentrate on the gum pockets, as this is where plaque accumulates and periodontal disease develops. Using a soft, round-tipped toothbrush, here are some helpful tooth brushing tips:

Always start at the same place in your mouth and brush from tooth to tooth. A good place to start is with the inside upper back teeth. Place your brush at a 45-degree angle so it’s half on the gum and half on the tooth. Gently vibrate the toothbrush bristles in a forward and backward motion, working some of the bristles under the gum. This movement allows you to clean the surfaces under the edge of the gum. Make sure not to scrub!

Once you’re done with the inside of the upper teeth, move to the outside. Start at the back and move to the front, again keeping the brush at a 45-degree angle.

After you’ve cleaned the inside and outside surfaces, move to the tops (biting surfaces) of your teeth. These are cleaned with a back and forth motion, keeping the toothbrush bristles directly on top of the teeth.

Don’t forget to brush the insides, outsides and tops of both your upper and lower teeth.

It is important not to rush your brush! A proper brushing should take at least two to three minutes to complete. If a more complete or longer brushing is new to you, there might be some bleeding and soreness of the gums. This is normal, but if it’s persistent, a visit to our office may be necessary.

Flossing Mistakes

Not flossing
If dentists had to choose between packing a toothbrush or floss on a vacation, they’d probably go for the floss. Flossing removes bacteria from between teeth and below the gumline, where you are most likely to get a cavity.Not flossing regularly
Flossing needs to be a daily ritual. We all miss the odd day, but tartar can form in as little as two days!

Flossing too quickly
You need to count ten short, rapid, up-and-down strokes on each tooth. That’s a couple of seconds per tooth, and with 28 teeth, you should be spending at least two minutes per flossing session.

Missing the gumline
The gumline is an important area to clean, and floss should be moved all the way under the gum.

Not removing plaque
Flossing is not just about removing food particles, it’s about scraping off that film of bacteria that is between your teeth: plaque. Scrape the tooth clean of that film.

Not flossing with enough pressure
Removing plaque is tougher than you might think. Firmly press the floss against the tooth surface and move it up and down. If you’re doing it right, you should hear a squeaking sound.

Flossing only one tooth
Don’t just pop the floss in the space between your teeth  each tooth demands attention! Push against one tooth and pull against the other, covering the whole surface area between the teeth.