A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
are highly recommended, as the Lifesmiles team has seen dramatic increase in oral health with their use. We offer these for sale at Lifesmiles, as well as replacement heads. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.
Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss, and can make flossing more fun and more convenient.
It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. Over-the-counter products for -rinsing are also a good way to supplement your brushing regime.
Dr. John Gawlik or your dental hygienist may recommend other devices as well : Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.