The purpose of the following is to educate and train the patient to develop excellent oral hygiene skills to better control the cause of periodontal disease (bacterial plaque). Regular dental visits for cleaning polishing and maintenance should be done simultaneously to remove deposits of plaque, calculus and stains from the surfaces of the teeth that are above the gum line. This will aid in the development of better home care techniques.
How to Floss:
1. Wind 18" of floss around your two middle fingers.
2. Gently guide the floss between teeth.
3. To remove plaque and debris, gently move the floss up and down against the tooth.
4. As you move from tooth to tooth, use a fresh section of floss each time.
How to Brush:
1. For thorough but gentle cleansing, use a soft toothbrush
2. Hold your brush at a 45° angle. Begin by brushing the outside of the front teeth. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion.
3. Next, brush the outside back teeth, starting along the gum line.
4. Inside back teeth. Use short, angled brush strokes.
5. Inside front teeth. Tilt the brush vertically; use an up-and-down motion.
6. Chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat. Use a gentle scrubbing motion.