Hygienist are part of patients health-care team and our focus is on oral health. However I always educate my patients on the link between oral health, periodontal disease and other systemic links such as diabetes, heart disease, and much more. I worry about my patients that are going to be overdue for their dental hygiene appointments due to COVID 19, but stay home and stay safe and in the mean time i will be covering a few basic tips you can do at home to keep a good and healthy oral hygiene routine.
Recommending oral hygiene routines, products, and adjunct tools are always specific to each patient depending on their overall health and their oral health status. However today i will be covering some basics that can be done properly at home until you get the chance to visit us hygienist back at the dental offices when safe.
TOP DENTAL HYGIENE TIPS:
- Brush twice a day using a soft or extra soft bristle brush ( Morning / Night)
- Dont brush too hard
- Brush with a fluoride toothpaste to help prevent future cavities ( will also help with general sensitivity)
- Give your tongue a few gentle brush strokes from back to tip of the tongue to reduce bacteria
- Do not use any tobacco products
- Limit alcoholic drinks ( drink water after that glass of wine or beer and try not to sip on your alcoholic drink for hours)
- Floss at least once a day ( best time is at night)
- If pregnant, have any medical conditions, or any allergies please contact and consult with your primary physician,dentist, and dental hygienist to consult on what proper products to use for your oral home-care
Tip: Do not brush immediately after acidic beverages ( like soda, energy drinks, alcohol, coffee, ice tea , etc)
DENTAL HYGIENE ROUTINE :
- Floss first
- Waterpik ( if you have a waterpik)
- Rinse ( antimicrobial rinse & follow bottles instructions)
NOTE : If you have dry mouth make sure to reach for the alcohol free antimicrobial rinses such as ACT or Listerine Zero. Also combine that with using Biotene rinse or gel to help moisturize. The more often you use biotene the better.
Tip: When rinsing make sure to not rinse out with water right after. give it 30 minutes before you drink anything.
When Do I Recommend A Waterpik?
If you have:
- Spacing between your teeth
- Accumulate excessive plaque
- Veneers & Crowns
Note: Waterpik does not replace flossing
Tip: Never hurts to use extra tools to keep good oral hygiene
Keeping Your Teeth Bright:
- Maintain and reduce staining by using a whitening toothpaste such as Colgate Optic White
- Drink water after drinking or eating anything that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, berries, green juices, etc.
Experiencing Bad Breath?
Please refer to my article about how to tackle bad breath
For Sensitive Teeth:
- Use sensodyne toothpaste
- Reduce you intake of acidic foods and drinks
- Listerine sensitivity rinse can help reduce your sensitivity
- Use an extra soft bristle toothbrush ( nimbus toothbrush can be purchased on amazon)
- Stay away from whitening your teeth in the meantime
Experiencing pain? Contact your dental office right away
Hope this helps ! and you can always email me with any questions you may have
Gift yourself good oral health with the proper oral hygiene routine
Stay Home And Stay Safe!