The main tool you need to remove plaque and help prevent gum disease is a tooth brush.
There is on the market a vast variety of toothbrushes and accessories. Patients that aren’t informed will usually not choose their toothbrush according to their dental condition but to criteria’s such as: price, availability, publicity, usual family behavior and habits.
There are many different kinds of toothbrushes; they differ in size, shapes and textures. Deciding which one to use can be difficult. You can ask your dental hygienist for advice. She will guide you in choosing the right instrument and teach you how to use it.
Brushing alone will not get rid of all the plaque. Other accessories are necessary to achieve this goal like mini brushes, toothpaste and floss.
There are many different types of floss; the one that is mostly recommended is the un-waxed floss.
The mini-brushes are used to clean opened spaces in between the teeth.
Toothpaste is mainly used for hygienic reasons and for the taste. Deciding on which one to use is very personal. The dental hygienist can give you some advice based on the condition of your mouth and on the result of the latest research.
No matter what your age is, there is one important element when choosing toothpaste: Fluoride. It is the best fitting tool for people that are prone to having cavities or to prevent root decay as a result of receding gums.
Avoid using very abrasive toothpaste especially those who pretend to be WHITENING; they can wear out your teeth.
The dental hygienist will help you select your dental hygiene accessories according to your own personal needs, teach you how to use them and will follow up every time you visit us for your recall exam to make sure you keep and healthy looking smile for a very long time.