The oral region consists of hard and soft tissues. The soft tissues include the delicate palate, the cheeks, the gingiva and the tongue. It is imperative to keep the entire oral area clean and free of debris to prevent harboring of bacteria and plaque accumulation.
Ideally, the teeth should be brushed after each snack or meal as well as any drinks. The process should begin with pre – rinsing of the mouth to dislodge the bacteria and food particles followed by flossing and tooth brushing. It should be completed with post – rinsing with antiseptic solution that is approved by American Dental Association (ADA.)
As the oral health is closely related to the health of the internal organs of the body, a regularly scheduled prophylactic cleanings should be implemented as a part of an annual oral care regimen. These appointments are suggested to be scheduled every six months.
Some patients are prone to rampant caries and gum disease. They accumulate plaque in a quick manner and create layers of tartar that attack the soft tissues along with bad breath production. For such patients, deep cleanings are recommended. They are also called scaling and root planing, and they are scheduled every three to four months.
Each appointment addresses one to two quadrants of the mouth, and the teeth are typically cleaned using ultrasonic scalers, hand instruments, and periodontal probes to measure the depth of the gum pockets in between the teeth. Scaling and root planing is usually offered to adult patients only.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best kind of toothbrush to use?
For most patients, we recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush with a smaller head. The head size makes it easier to reach back teeth and difficult spots across the gumline. Soft bristles protect your teeth and gums from damage but still remove plaque. Replace your toothbrush every three months for optimal performance.
Why is it necessary to use fluoride toothpaste?
Fluoride fights tooth decay by helping to reduce the demineralization process and disrupt dental plaque. With the exception of very specific patients (such as very young children), Oso Marguerite Dental recommends daily use of fluoride toothpaste for everyone.
Is flossing really necessary if I brush my teeth regularly?
Yes, flossing is necessary. It is the most effective way to clean between teeth, areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing takes only minutes, helps prevent gingivitis and receding gums and contributes to better oral health.
I have additional questions about my home oral healthcare. What should I do?
The team at Oso Marguerite Dental welcomes the opportunity to go over your home oral health care routine with you and make recommendations or answer questions. Simply call our office to schedule a consultation and meet with a member of our dental team.