At Ellerslie Dental Clinic we believe that prevention is better than cure.
Preventive Dentistry aims to reduce the required dental restorations in your lifetime. This process allows you to keep your beautiful, vibrant smile while still maintaining the healthy structure of your teeth and gums.
Keeping your teeth for the rest of your life with minimal intervention is extremely important. Preventive care minimizes your risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Mastering the art of good dental hygiene is a fundamental component of Preventive Dentistry care. Preventive care is beneficial to patients of all ages and should begin as early as possible. It is essential that all members of your family are educated in the techniques required to attain good dental health. It is never to late to begin good dental hygiene.
A Lifetime of Smiles
We do more than solve problems as they arise, we teach preventative practices to help ensure your healthy smile lasts a lifetime.
At Ellerslie Dental Clinic we recommend that you follow these techniques to effectively remove plaque from around your teeth and gums on a daily basis:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day
- 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 gumline). Bacteria accumulates along the tooth at the gum line, so it is essential to focus on this area.
- Brush your gums very gently. (Circular massaging motion or gentle up and down motion)
- Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue which will remove additional bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride for cavity protection.
For more brushing tips, please speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members during your next visit.
The Importance Of Flossing
It is essential to floss your teeth at least once a day to maintain good dental and periodontal health.
Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth and under your gums where gum disease and cavities begin. Those who develop gum disease later in life commonly do not floss, or do not floss properly. Flossing is of great importance as brushing will only remove plaque from the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque left between teeth can cause decay and gum disease.
For correct Flossing:
- Use enough floss to hold the ends comfortably in your hands.
- Wrap the floss around your index fingers and support it with your thumbs and forefingers.
- Floss at least once a day, ideally after meals or at least before bed.
- Slide the floss between tooth contacts with a back and forth motion being sure not to snap the floss through as it may injure gum tissue.
- Once the floss is between your teeth, wrap it into a C shape around the surface of each tooth and move the floss up and down the tooth surface, repeat on the tooth beside.
- Since plaque is very sticky, it is necessary to perform these steps or plaque will be left behind.
- Floss holders are available for those who have difficulty reaching back teeth.
- Children should begin flossing as early as possible with a parents' help.
Flossing is a vital component of good dental health and general health. By taking just two minutes of your day to floss, you will have a healthier smile and better overall well-being.