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Choosing a dentist for your family is a big decision. It's natural to have questions about the type of care you will receive, your insurance benefits, your treatment options, and the services we offer. Here are some of the most common questions we receive. If you do not see yours listed here, just give us a call or contact us via email. We look forward to hearing from you!
At Ruggless Dental, we recommend any toothpaste that contains fluoride to prevent cavities. Many kinds of toothpaste on the market claim to do many different things – reduce plaque, whiten, or everything as an all in one! The best way to take care of your teeth, however, is with consistently thorough home care.
Proper Brushing Techniques
To maintain your oral health, be sure to brush twice a day using the proper techniques:
- Brush gently.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush like Nimbus.
- Angle the bristles toward your gum line.
- Use fluoride toothpaste.
- Brush for at least two minutes – 30 seconds for each quadrant.
- Make sure to reach all surfaces of your teeth.
- Don’t forget the chewing surfaces of your teeth!
- Floss daily.
- Maintain regular dental exams and professional cleanings.
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If you have questions or would like a demonstration of the best home care techniques, we are happy to help! Dentistry is constantly changing and having a “brush-up” on tooth brushing can be helpful. Even adults can develop sloppy brushing habits over time, and being aware of the proper techniques can protect your oral health and help you maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Flossing might not be your favorite way to spend time, however, there is no better way to protect your gums and avoid periodontal disease. We recommend flossing at least once a day. Of course, if you eat something like corn on the cob or steak, you might want to floss more often, and that’s great!
Importance of Flossing
Sometimes a food particle gets lodged in your gums and causes bleeding or pain. You might feel compelled to avoid the area because it is sore. Flossing the area is important, however, because you can dislodge the food particle and give your gums a chance to heal. Within a day or two, the bleeding should subside and the pain should be gone. If it persists, call us and we can help!
Types of Floss to Use
The kind of dental floss that will work best for you depends on a number of factors such the alignment of your teeth. For teeth with larger spaces in between, a braided floss might work best. For teeth that are close together, a ribbon floss might be easier to use and slide in between your teeth more comfortably. For patients with braces or a dental bridge, floss threaders can make your job much easier!
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If you have questions about products that can help keep your smile healthy and beautiful, ask us! We look forward to hearing from you at Ruggless Dental.
Many of our patients feel overwhelmed when they stand in the toothbrush aisle at the store. So many choices are available and all of them promise to make your teeth and gums healthier. At Ruggless Dental, we recommend that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Light pressure is enough to remove plaque and bacteria because it is actually the tips of the toothbrush bristles that do the most cleaning. Extra pressure does not mean cleaner teeth!
Dental Appointments in Springfield IL
When you come in for your hygiene appointment, we will give you our favorite toothbrush – the Nimbus. This extra-soft bristled toothbrush cleans great, but still protects your delicate gum tissue and enamel from damage. Many of our patients ask to buy extra Nimbus toothbrushes since they are not available in most of our local stores.
Types of Toothbrushes
The type of toothbrush you use does make a difference. Follow these simple guidelines for the best results:
- Soft-bristled brushes only
- Brush gently, angling the bristles toward your gum line
- Use the correct size – if your toothbrush is too large, it can’t reach behind your teeth
If you have questions about specific brushes or techniques, let us know! Our hygiene team will share their ideas and expertise with you so that you get the most out of your home care. Give us a call today.