Home Care

Phil MaCavity says “Just floss’em”

AT Doctor McLeod’s West Hollywood Dental Office your beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal.  The old expression “Preservation of tooth equals preservation of youth” was never more true.  Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal.  Apart from preventing diseases of the mouth and teeth, good oral hygiene improves the overall quality of your life and can prevent the onset of heart disease.

Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

Electric toothbrushes are also recommended.  They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently.  Simply 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.

Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss but it should be emphasised that they are not preferred.

Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush.  If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.  It should be noted that irrigation devises are rarely recommended by dentists.  These pulsetile jets of water can inject you with bacteria from the gums and produce microscopic abcesses.