Oral Hygiene in Plano, TX

We Can Help You Avoid Expensive and Painful Procedures in the First Place

By visiting Dr. Jason L. Montgomery and his skilled team regularly, you can help ensure that your smile stays healthy for years to come. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment can detect even the smallest changes to your teeth, tissues, or bone, including cracks, decay, gum disease, or the breakdown of any restorations. Being able to educate our Plano dental patients is truly the heart of our practice!

How to Clean Your Teeth

By properly brushing and flossing every day, as well as attending regular professional check-ups, you’re doing your part to help reduce and remove plaque, which contributes to tooth decay and the presence of gum disease. If bacteria are left to accumulate on your teeth, it can lead to several unsavory consequences, such as bad breath, enamel damage, and irritated, bleeding gums.

Brushing Instructions

Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day (preferably after every meal). You should use a soft bristled toothbrush or electric toothbrush that is replaced every 3-4 months.

  1. Start by choosing your toothpaste carefully. Be sure to buy one that contains fluoride!
  2. Place a very small amount of toothpaste on your brush.
  3. Use gentle, circular strokes (around the width of one tooth) against the teeth and gums.
  4. For the outer surfaces, place the brush at a 45 degree angle towards the gum line.
  5. For the chewing and inner tooth surfaces, use a gentle back and forth motion.
  6. For the inner front tooth surfaces, hold the brush upright and use gentle up and down strokes with its tip.
  7. Remember to brush along your gum line! However, don’t brush too hard as this could damage the soft tissue.
  8. Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth (around 30 seconds on each section).
  9. The tongue should also be brushed by using a sweeping motion (back and forth).
  10. Once you’re finished, rinse your toothbrush in order to get rid of any debris or food particles. Store it in an open environment, as a closed container allows bacteria to grow.

Flossing Instructions

A good flossing routine is essential for maintaining oral health. Floss once a day to help prevent gum disease and remove pesky food particles. It can help you reach areas that your toothbrush cannot, including spaces at or below the gum line.

  1. Cut off a section of floss between 18 and 24 inches. Wrap the ends of the piece around your middle fingers.
  2. Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers. Leave around one inch between both hands.
  3. Work the floss between your teeth gently. Be careful never to snap it against the gum tissue.
  4. When you reach the gum line, curve the floss into a “C” shape around the tooth. Make sure to move it below the gum line.
  5. Gently glide the floss up and down several times between teeth, including the ones in the back. Apply some pressure. Unwind a new section of floss for each new tooth.
  6. Once you have completed flossing, rinse with an antiseptic oral rinse. This should get rid of any food particles that were loosened through flossing but not completely removed.

Contact our Plano dental office today to schedule appointments for you and your family! Dr. Montgomery welcomes patients from all over Collin County, including Allen, Richardson, McKinney, Frisco, and beyond.

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