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Plaque Control

Advice for good oral hygiene. Caring for sensitive teeth, choosing ...

  • 1 h
  • Corlett Drive

Service Description

The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth. Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Tooth decay–causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. This helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams. Antimicrobial mouth rinses and toothpastes reduce the bacterial count and stop bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal (gum) disease. Fluoride mouth rinses help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Clinical studies have demonstrated that use of a fluoride mouth rinse and fluoride toothpaste can provide extra protection against tooth decay over that provided by fluoride toothpaste alone. Fluoride mouth rinse is not recommended for children age six or younger because they may swallow the rinse. Caring for Sensitive Teeth Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. This should not last long. However, if your teeth are especially sensitive, please be sure to call the office for further investigation. Choosing Oral Hygiene Products There are so many products on the market it can become confusing and choosing between all the products can be difficult. Your periodontist is the best person to help you select the right products that are best for you. Professional Cleaning Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Visiting your periodontist, plays an important part of your program to control gum disease

Contact Details

  • Melrose Medical and Dental Centre, Corlett Drive, Melrose North, Johannesburg, South Africa

    011 442 4179

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