Home Care and Prevention
Dr. Clauson and her staff encourage a preventative program to ensure that patients maintain optimal oral health. Start at home with a balanced diet and routine dental care (including brushing, flossing and rinsing), which will set you up for success when coming in for your scheduled cleanings. Lots of beverages these days are very acidic and can be a risk factor for decay. To reduce that risk, we recommend either reducing your intake of modern beverages or having them with meals.
At TLC Dental Care, we offer our CariFree program, which is designed to determine what your risk level is and how we can help minimize it! Make an appointment today to get started towards a healthier mouth. Make sure you have a home care routine that will keep your smile healthy even after you leave our practice.
Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to bed. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth – inner, outer, biting areas. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. That’ll remove bacteria and freshen your breath. An electric toothbrush can be a helpful tool in that it’s easy to use, it removes plaque well and the electric brush really does the work for you. Studies have even shown that electric toothbrushes work significantly better than a manual brush. We recommend the Oral B Triumph for your in home use.
To ensure optimal oral health it is essential to floss. Flossing helps clean the space between teeth, stops plaque from building up and prevents damage to the gums, teeth and bone. For best results, take about 12-16 inches of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers so that you have about 2 inches between your hands. Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide floss between your teeth in a back and forth motion. Curving the floss into a “C” shape will allow you to get around each tooth and under the gum line. If you find it a bit difficult to use conventional floss, a floss holder might be best.
Rinse your mouth with water after brushing and after meals, especially if you can’t brush. If you decide to use an over-the-counter product for rinsing, we recommend consulting with Dr. Clauson or a member of her staff to see what is the most appropriate rinse for you.