The cornerstone to a good at-home oral hygiene regimen is proper brushing and flossing. Practicing excellent dental hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly dental treatments.
We suggest that our patients use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste. When you brush your teeth, move the brush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under your gumline. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth and the surface of each tooth. Finally, make sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before you rinse. As soon as the bristles start to wear down or fray, replace your toothbrush with a new one.
For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can't reach, dental floss is used to remove food particles and plaque, so make sure you floss daily. The best time to floss is at night before you go to sleep. If you see a little bleeding, this is normal. If the bleeding does not stop after the first few times flossing, let one of our staff members know at your next appointment.
Our oral hygiene patients come to us from Greenwood, Sallisaw, Van Buren, Alma and Fort Smith, Arkansas. Call us at (479) 785-1419 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form.