At Canmore Smiles, our goal is to help you get a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal and it starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids. Contact us for more information on home care and oral hygiene. Dr. Moldenhauer and Dr. Piercy will be happy to help.
Oral Hygiene Aids
There are two basic types of mouth rinse available: Cosmetic rinses that are sold over the counter and temporarily suppress bad breath and therapeutic rinses, which may or may not require a prescription. Most dentists are skeptical about the benefits of cosmetic rinses because several studies have shown that their effectiveness against plaque is minimal. Health Canada is the national authority that regulates, evaluates and monitors the safety, efficacy, and quality of therapeutic and diagnostic products available to Canadians. This organization regulates therapeutic rinses as they contain active ingredients that can help reduce bad breath, plaque, and cavities. Mouth rinses should generally be used after brushing.
There are a great many toothbrush types available. Dentists generally recommend electric toothbrushes because electric brushes are much more effective than manual brushes. The vibrating or rotary motion helps to easily dislodge plaque and remove food particles from around the gums and teeth. The same results can be obtained using a manual brush, but much more effort is needed.
Manual toothbrushes should be replaced every three months because worn bristles become ineffective over time. Soft bristle toothbrushes are far less damaging to gum tissue than the medium and hard bristle varieties. In addition, an appropriately sized Canadian Dental Association (CDA) approved toothbrush should be chosen to allow proper cleaning to all the teeth. Teeth should ideally be brushed after each meal, or minimally twice each day.
How Often Should I Brush and Floss?
Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with a CDA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.