Dental Hygiene

natalie hogue dds dental hygiene

  • Never go more than 6 months between cleanings.
  • Recare appointments vary from patient to patient depending on amount of plaque production, the individual’s periodontal pocket depth, and one’s ability to maintain a healthy dentition.
  • Brushing at night is the most important time to clean thoroughly. Brushing should be for 3 minutes, including the gums and tongue, in a circular motion at a 45 degree angle towards the gum.
  • Flossing should be done also at night to remove plaque or food from between the teeth which can cause inflammation, or gingivitis, if not removed. Luckily, if treated early, gingivitis is reversible.
  • When flossing, don’t just pop in and out! Hug and rub each side of each tooth gently.
  • Measuring the gum pocket depth, also known as periodontal probing, should be documented once a year to monitor the health of the gums and surrounding bone.
  • You don’t have to have an electric toothbrush to do a good job brushing your teeth. The Sonicare and Braun are good models to choose if it helps make it easier or if preferred.
  • Always use a soft toothbrush! It’s better to replace it more often than to get a harder one.
  • Never keep it past three months. Harder bristles can’t flex to bend into the curvatures of the teeth and under the gums.
  • Whitening toothpaste has a special ingredient in it to make that claim, but it really isn’t on the teeth long enough to be of any value, and it can cause sensitivity. We recommend the plainer pastes.
  • Plain old baking soda is great to use as toothpaste! It is non abrasive, removes stains and best of all “shocks” the acid loving bad bacteria in one’s mouth by creating a more basic pH in the mouth.