At Progressive Periodontics we recommend that you follow these techniques to effectively remove plaque from around your teeth and gums daily:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice per day (after breakfast and after dinner).
  • Brush with a soft round bristle toothbrush.
  • Place your toothbrush where the gum meets the tooth, at a 45 degree angle (enabling you to clean under the gum line). Bacteria accumulate along the teeth at the gum line, so it is essential to focus on this area.
  • Brush your gums very gently. (The correct brushing motion is a circular massaging technique along the gumline rather than vigorous brushing back and forth. Vigorous brushing can injure your gums.)
  • Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue, remove additional bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness, whichever comes first.
  • Choose a soft bristled brush or preferably purchase an Oral B 3D Excel electric toothbrush which we have found to be much more effective in removing plaque in periodontal patients.
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride for cavity protection. Depending on your cavity risk or other factors, we may recommend a prescription tooth paste.

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