Oral Hygiene

Oral Home Care Instructions

Since the inception of this practice in 1971, we have been committed to the ideal that oral hygiene is an integral part of long term maintenance of periodontal health.  Those patients who follow the personalized oral home care regime designed for them by our staff have continually shown long term improvements and maintenance of their oral health.  With optimal oral hygiene, one can expect a future of fewer dental visits and subsequent costs.

Our trained staff spends a considerable amount of time providing comprehensive and customized instruction to our patients throughout active therapy and during the remaining years of maintenance care.  As new research arrives and new products come to the market, our entire staff analyzes these new products through personal use.  We then discuss our findings to determine the efficacy of these products and their ability to enhance the oral health of our patients.  This process assures the highest standards of oral health and enables us to continue to provide our patients with the best tools for their individual needs.

Choosing Oral Hygiene Products

There are so many products on the market that choosing the right one can be difficult. Here are some suggestions for selecting dental care products that will work for most patients:

  • Automatic and “high-tech” electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective for the majority of users. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) will rinse your mouth thoroughly, but will not remove plaque. You need to brush and floss in conjunction with the irrigator. We see excellent results with electric toothbrushes such as Sonicare.
  • Some toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle that is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes (interproximal toothbrushes) that clean between your teeth. If these are used improperly you could injure the gums, so be sure to discuss proper use with Dr. Robins or your hygienist.
  • If used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40 percent. Remember, these rinses are not recommended for children under six years of age.
  • Tartar control toothpastes will reduce tartar above the gum line, but because gum disease starts below the gum line, these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.
  • Anti-plaque rinses, approved by the American Dental Association, contain agents that may help control signs of early gum disease. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.

Caring For Sensitive Teeth

Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. If the mouth is kept clean, this sensation 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, consult with Dr. Robins. A medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth may be recommended.

We will be happy to help you select the right products that are best for you.