Best Homecare Tips for Patients

Best Homecare Tips for Patients

First and foremost, you need to do effective brushing.

All patients will say they brush, but are you getting the plaque off your teeth? Of course, we want to brush for two minutes a day.

Why you should use an electric toothbrush

For most patients, those electric brushes will get the hard-to-reach areas. But the best thing, a lot of electric brushes have timers, and you might think you brush for two minutes, but you may only be brushing 20 seconds. Having that timer on the electric brush helps you do a better job just because it will help you brush longer.

If you don’t have an electric brush: brush twice.

Just brush, rinse, spit, put the toothpaste on there again, and brush again after reapplying the toothpaste just because you’re going to spend twice as long if you’re brushing twice and going to do a better job.

How to brush with braces

With braces, you need to be careful to get around the brackets with the toothbrush. Especially around the gum line because a lot of the food and plaque will accumulate around the teeth between the bracket and the gum line flossing.

Using Floss

You can use the pre-threaded flossers, you can use the string. Sometimes patients will tie the floss into a knot and make a circle just to be able to rotate through the floss more easily.

But this is just a skill that is hard when you don’t do it often, but if you do it twice a day, it’ll become easier and just a great way to stimulate the gums.

Tongue Scrapers

There are so many different styles of tongue scrapers that are inexpensive. They do more than just a toothbrush alone will do to get the bacteria and the food debris off the tongue. It is this food debris which can lead to bad breath.

Types of water irrigators

There are water picks, which are the classic water irrigator that shoots out a continuous stream of water. It can be great with braces. It could be a little messy, but it can really do a good job to irrigate around the gums and underneath bridges and around implants.

Air flosser

An air flosser is just a burst of spray because it’s using less liquid. This could be good to put mouth rinse in, maybe just a teaspoon of mouth rinse is all you really need to get in between each of the teeth.

And you just go around the buccal sides of the teeth and in between each tooth in the mouth, there’s anti-cavity mouth rinse with fluoride, which could be good if you are at risk for decay. There are products like cloSYS which has no flavor, tastes like water, but it neutralizes the sulphur compounds that cause bad breath.

It could be good for patients with halitosis, especially if they have nasal drainage. And then also Listerine can be good for the gums and for reducing bacteria.

And there’s also prescription mouth rinses like chlorhexidine rinses to help the gums.

Also, you can use tools like proxy brushes and bridge threaders to help get around bridges or implants, and sometimes the best thing to do is first brush with the electric brush floss.

For the ultimate clean feeling, Brush, Floss, then Use your tongue scraper, then rinse with the closys mouth rinse, which doesn’t have flavor, but it’ll just get the mouth feeling nice and clean.

Then go back with an air flosser with your favorite mouth rinse and squirt that in between the teeth, and you’re going to feel like after doing that, your mouth is going to feel so clean. It’s going to feel like you just saw the hygienist.

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