Caring for your teeth at home is critical to your long-term health. At Whole Dental Wellness, our Roseville specialist-led dental team is committed to helping you optimize your oral health so you can be the healthiest version of you.
This doesn’t mean just a healthier mouth, but a healthier whole you! Remember, periodontitis is caused by bacteria that collect underneath the gums. It is critical that you remove this plaque to prevent re-occurrence of disease. The key to long-term success is optimal at-home oral hygiene and regular periodontal maintenance appointments. No matter how successful your periodontal treatment has been, without adequate follow-up the disease with recur. It is up to you to take responsibility for your own dental health.
Since brushing and flossing are the two keys to achieving optimal oral hygiene Roseville dentists recommend that your brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day and floss daily. Although most people do brush their teeth, few do it correctly.
The toothbrush should be positioned at a 45 degree angle to the tooth and moved in a small circular motion, allowing the bristles to slide into the cuff of the gum tissue and massage the gums. A scrubbing, “back and forth” motion is not recommended, as it may cause gum recession. Electric brushes have been shown to be more efficient than manual brushes at removing dental bacteria due to their ease of use. However, they must be used properly and do not replace the need for dental floss.
At Whole Dental Wellness we pride ourselves on staying current with the latest technologies and providing the highest level of quality care to each and every patient. In the spirit of prevention, we highly recommend Laser Pocket Disinfection (LPD).
LPD is a dental laser procedure performed in addition/prior to dental cleanings. The purpose of the procedure is to eliminate harmful bacteria living in “pockets” between the gums and teeth - bacteria a standard cleaning can’t reach. When left untreated, these harmful bacteria cause the infection commonly known as gum disease. LPD targets diseased tissue and gets rid of the bacteria and toxins they produce. The laser cleaning is sufficient to eliminate the bacteria entirely and provide you with your healthiest gums. Added BONUS: At the same time LPD is done, Biostimulation is occurring. Biostimulation is a great added benefit of the procedure as it increases circulation, collagen formation, osteoblastic activity (bone building cells), and fibroblastic activity (connective tissue building cells). It also speeds, enhances, and promotes healing. The benefits of eliminating gingivitis and periodontitis can extend beyond restoring your healthy teeth and gums and help YOU be a healthier YOU! We recommend all of our adult patients (16 years and older) have LPD done in conjunction with their cleaning appointments. Ask your Dental Hygienist about LPD at your next dental cleaning appointment!
There are several places in your mouth that a toothbrush cannot easily reach. However, if you are like most people, flossing is more difficult and is not performed as often as it should be. This is a problem as typically, periodontitis begins between the teeth in areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. Mouthwashes do not replace the need for flossing.
Remember, flossing and cleaning between your teeth is a key step on the road to healthy gums. While good flossing technique takes practice, once mastered, it should take you only 2 to 3 minutes a day. Our Roseville dental hygiene specialists offer several other aids to help you clean between your teeth in places a toothbrush typically cannot reach. These include small brushes that fit in between your teeth (proxy brushes) and floss aids. Talk to our Roseville dentists at Whole Dental Wellness, today!
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21055 12 Mile Road, Roseville, MI 48066