Treating periodontal disease involves a long term commitment, involving you, your dentist and Dr. Serra. What you do at home is as important as the treatment we are able to offer at our office.
Brushing Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. For a healthy mouth and smile we recommend you brush your teeth twice per day with a soft bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily. In certain instances, we may recommend the use of an electric toothbrush, as this incorporates several elements that make home care easier and more effective.
Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth. We also recommend that you use an ADA approved fluoridated tooth paste.
Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing is an essential part of any oral health care routine. It helps remove plaque from between your teeth, in areas that the toothbrush can't reach, and it helps prevent gum disease and dental decay. Plaque that is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth can eventually harden into calculus or tartar.
People who have difficulty handling dental floss may prefer to use another kind of inter-dental cleaner such as special brushes. If you use inter-dental cleaners, ask Dr. Serra how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums.
Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. If the mouth is kept clean, this sensitivity should not last long. However, if the mouth is not kept clean, the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth may be recommended.