We recommend brushing for two minutes with a soft-bristled, small-headed brush with a fluoride toothpaste. Replace your tooth brush every three months.
Watch this video on Proper Tooth Brushing Technique.
Neither brushing your teeth, nor rinsing with mouthwash removes bacteria rich “biofilm” from between your teeth. The only effective way to clean between your teeth is to floss properly everyday.
For proper technique, watch this video on Flossing.
Other Helpful Home Care Tools
- Electric Tooth Brushes
An electric tooth brush may be recommend, particularly for those who have difficult brushing or who have limited manual dexterity. Two popular options are the Oral B 5000 and Sonicare Diamond Clean.
Other Home Care Aids
End Tuft toothbrushes are designed for hard-to- reach or simply difficult-to- clean areas where the dental plaque buildup will become harmful to teeth or gums.
These are recommend for patients who have the following:
- Exposed spaces between the roots of molar teeth due to periodontitis and gum recession, keeping furcations clean
- Complex fixed dentures, bridges or dental implants that are inherently hard to clean
- Orthodontic appliances
- Difficulty in cleaning the back surfaces of the last teeth at the end of the dental arch at the back of the mouth
- Other hard-to- reach areas that they only your dentist or dental hygienist can identify
This is a specialized brush for cleaning and removing dental plaque from inflamed or sensitive gums while reaching below the gumline into the sulcus.
This specialty brush should be used in accordance with your dental professional’s recommended technique and together with other regular toothbrushes and between-teeth cleaning aids to ensure a completely clean and fresh mouth.
Interproximal (“Proxy”) Brush & Softpicks
Interproximal brushes help remove plaque around bridges, crowns, braces and varying size tooth spaces. Softpicks are easy-to- use between-teeth cleaners for the on-the-go removal of dental plaque and food particles.
Superfloss is a floss that provides a solution for cleaning between braces, bridges and wide gaps. It is ideal for cleaning braces, bridges and wide gaps between teeth. Its three unique components—a stiffened-end dental floss threader, spongy floss and regular floss—all work together for maximum benefits.
- Allows you to floss under appliances
- Cleans around appliances and between wide spaces
- Removes plaque under the gumline
- Supplies you with pre-measured strands
Waterpik for Implant Maintenance
Dental implants are made from synthetic materials, so they are not affected by tooth decay. However, gum health is important for long-term implant success. Good oral health care and regular dental check-ups are important for maintaining your gum health after a dental implant.
Plaque and bacteria that form around an implant can cause inflammation and lead to peri-implant disease, such as peri-implant mucositis (similar to gingivitis) and peri-implantitis (similar to periodontitis). Daily cleaning of all the surfaces above and below the gumline is critical to preventing peri-implant disease. Waterflossers are effective for cleaning around implants.
A synthetic rubber tip stimulator for massaging the gums between the teeth to promote healthy firm gums where the bristles may not always reach.