Oral Hygiene Instructions

Oral Hygiene Instructions are given to every patient upon their Routine Dental Hygiene Appointment. Instructions are as follows a proper brushing technique by using a 45 degree angle at the gum line and brushing in a circular motion this will then sweep the plaque out of your gingival pockets. Use a soft bristle toothbrush and a anti-cavity fluoride toothpaste while brushing your teeth. NEVER brush too hard or use a Medium or Hard toothbrush because it can cause gingival recession or Receding gums. Brush your teeth for a minimum of 3 minutes at least twice a day. Once in the morning after breakfast and once in the evening just before you are going to sleep.

Second, is proper flossing technique- You need to use about a half of an arms length and wrap around your fingers. When flossing your teeth you need introduce each area with a clean part of your floss into each gingival pocket and don’t forget to floss behind your very last molar. Flossing removes the plaque from in between and towards the back of your teeth that brushing misses. Flossing helps prevent periodontal disease or gum (perio) disease by removing the plaque out of your gingival pockets.

Third, is Health and Dietary- To help prevent dental caries or cavities you have to reduce your carbohydrate intake along with simple sugars. Some fruits are more acidic than other like lemons, grapefruits, tomatoes, and oranges that also can damage tooth enamel. If you are going to eat those things do it in moderation and always brush and floss your teeth afterwards.

Finally, Routine Dental Hygiene Appointments- It is very important to come in every six months for your routine dental hygiene appointment. The hygienist will measure you gingival pockets, take x-rays, and Scale and Polish your teeth. Then Dr. Alexander M. Della Bella will be in to go over your dental  exam , x-rays, and your oral cancer screening with you. Also, discussing with you any treatment that you may need at that visit.