Healthy Teeth for Life

Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with your dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with an electronic or soft-bristled manual toothbrush. Use a high quality toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Dr. Gent prefers an all natural, essential oil based fluoride free toothpaste free of unneccesary chemical additives and surfactants.
  • Also be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles, and help keep your breath fresh!
  • Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day. You can also use an essential oil and aloe vera based mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

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    Brushing Instructions
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      Brushing: Step 1

      Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

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      Brushing: Step 2

      Brush gently in a circular motion.

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      Brushing: Step 3

      Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

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      Brushing: Step 4

      Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

     


    Flossing Instructions
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      Flossing: Step 1

      Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown. Most of it should be wrapped around one finger, and the other finger takes it up as the floss is used.

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      Flossing: Step 2

      Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.

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      Flossing: Step 3

      Holding the floss tightly, gently saw it between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.

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      Flossing: Step 4

      Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.

     

  • Eat a whole foods diet consisting mostly of plant based foods. Avoid processed foods, GMOs, non-organic meats and dairy. Drink lots of pure clean water! If you indulge in a surgary treat, be sure to rinse your mouth with water or brush afterword. Nutritious foods such as raw organic vegetables, organic plain yogurt, organic cheese, and organic fruit can help keep your smile healthy. Taking a probiotic daily is recommended to help with your gut health and help your body absorb the nutrients in your food.
  • Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  • If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, then it's time to contact our practice and schedule your next appointment!