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The removal of plaque and tarter on a regular basis is an integral part of maintaining your teeth for life. Dental visits are recommended every 6 months but may vary based upon your individual needs and oral health. During your visit we will check your teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions, monitor your periodontal (gum) condition and perform an oral cancer screening exam. For children under the age of thirteen, fluoride treatments are recommended and for adults when appropriate. Proper home care is crucial for healthy teeth.
Proper brushing helps minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, the major causes of tooth loss. Use a soft-bristle brush and an ADA-accepted fluoride  toothpaste to remove plaque and food particles. Replace your brush every three months.
Brushing arrow2.gif (188 bytes)On outer and inner surfaces, brush at a 45-degree angle in short, half-tooth-wide strokes against the gumline.
On chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth. Brushing
On inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with toe of brush. Brushing
Brushing arrow2.gif (188 bytes)Brush the tongue in a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth.
1x30.gif (38 bytes) PROPER FLOSSING
Flossing daily removes plaque and food particles between teeth and below the gumline.

Wrap an 18-inch strand around your middle fingers and hold a one-inch section tightly.
Flossing arrow2.gif (188 bytes)Ease floss between teeth. Clean up and down several times while curving around teeth at the gumline.
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Always floss behind the last tooth. Unwind clean floss as you proceed. Flossing
Flossing arrow2.gif (188 bytes)Floss around the abutment teeth of a bridge and under artificial teeth using a floss threader.

You may experience sore or bleeding gums for the first several days you floss. If bleeding continues after the first week of flossing, call your dental professional. If you have trouble handling floss, ask your dentist about the use of a floss holder, or other types of interdental cleaning aids.

Be sure to follow the special home care instructions provided by your dental professional.