Prevention is always better than the cure. At Progressive Periodontics we recommend the following steps toward healthy teeth and gums:
- Brush your teeth after eating, at least twice daily.
- Brush with a soft round bristle toothbrush.
- Place your toothbrush where the gum meets the teeth, 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.
Brushing and flossing your teeth correctly are crucial steps in the prevention of Periodontal Disease. Flossing removes bacteria and food particles caught between teeth, while brushing removes plaque from the tooth surface. Even rinsing the mouth after eating can reduce bacteria and the risk of developing Periodontal Disease.
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