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Dental Hygiene Education

Dental Hygiene Education

Daily dental hygiene is one of the most important parts of dental care. Our team recommend making brushing and flossing a normal part of your day and encourage you to make these hygiene behaviors a habit. Check out our easy guide below or call Atsalis Dental Excellence at 734-453-1190 to schedule a visit with our dentist to learn more about dental hygiene in Plymouth, MI.

Proper brushing and flossing is crucial to maintaining good oral health. Brushing and flossing correctly helps you avoid a number of dental problems, including tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, halitosis (bad breath) and staining and discoloration of the teeth. Our dentist and team have provided some basic instructions on brushing and flossing for you here.

How to Brush

You should brush your teeth at least twice each day, using an ADA®-approved toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. The toothbrush should be soft bristled and have a small head. It is recommended that you switch out your toothbrush for a new one every three months. You may also want to consider using an electric toothbrush, as this appliance has proven to be highly effective at cleaning teeth.

When you brush your teeth, you should:

  1. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to where the gums and teeth meet
  2. Brush every surface of the tooth — the front, the back and the chewing surfaces
  3. Use small, circular motions to gently brush the front and back surfaces
  4. Use back-and-forth motions to brush the chewing surfaces
  5. Do not scrub or apply pressure
  6. Be sure to brush your tongue to remove fungi, food and debris

How to Floss

Flossing is an important part of your oral health routine. It cleans between the teeth and below the gumline, removing food and debris and preventing bacteria from accumulating in those areas and causing cavities and gum disease.

When you floss, we recommend that you:

  1. Use a piece of floss about 18 inches long
  2. Wrap one end around your middle finger on each hand until the hands are two to three inches apart
  3. Gently move the floss between the teeth toward the gumline
  4. Curve the floss in a C-shape around each individual tooth
  5. Move the floss up and down several times to remove plaque and debris between the teeth
  6. Do not pop the floss in and out or floss aggressively, as this could cut your gums

If you have questions about brushing or flossing, please speak with our dentist or hygiene team. We will be able to provide instructions on the best brushing and flossing techniques and recommend appropriate oral hygiene aids as needed. Give us a call today to make your appointment!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dental implants safe?

Yes, dental implants are absolutely safe. They’re made from biocompatible materials to integrate naturally with your body and promote your health. The implant procedure is highly successful and complications are rare.

When you lose a tooth, your jawbone eventually weakens and leads to a myriad of issues. These include a weakened bite, increased risk for oral diseases, and decreased self-confidence, as you may begin to look older.

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement solution that can restore jawbone strength and help you look youthful.

Can a sinus lift and implant be done at the same time?

Depending on your oral health and severity of your procedure, a dental implant might be able to be placed at the same time as a sinus augmentation. Sinus lift surgery has proven to increase your chances for successful implants that can last for years to come.

When you visit for your initial consultation, Our team will be able to better understand your condition and determine whether or not these two procedures can be done during one appointment.

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