Back to the Basics

As a restorative, cosmetic, and laser dentist, Dr. Randy LaFrom performs many in-depth, extensive, and high-tech dental procedures on his patients from the greater San Jose area. He loves creating beautiful smiles for his patients, but he wants you to remember that the foundation of a beautiful smile is a healthy smile, and having a healthy smile requires excellent dental hygiene habits.

Getting Back to the Basics of Dental Care

Routine dental exams and cleanings are crucial to maintaining a healthy smile. The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist for these routine appointments every six months, and Dr. LaFrom agrees. In fact, he may request to see you more often for dental checkups and cleanings if you have certain health conditions, such as diabetes, periodontal disease, and severe tooth decay. Attending regular dental appointments is one of the best things you can do for your oral and overall health because you’re protecting yourself from a plethora of oral health problems by giving Dr. LaFrom the opportunity to detect problems early and provide you with efficient and effective, as well as conservative treatment.

In addition to having your teeth professionally checked bi-annually, the ADA has specific guidelines for your at-home dental hygiene to keep your mouth healthy and in tip-top shape.

How to Brush Properly

  1. Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums.
  2. Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  3. Brush the outer tooth surfaces, in the inner tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. Use the “toe” of the brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, using gentle up-and-down strokes.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

How to Floss Properly

  1. Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around your middle finger on the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.Hold the floss tightly between our thumbs and forefingers.  TRY TO USE A CLEAN SECTION OF THE FLOSS AS YOU GO, OTHERWISE YOU ARE TAKING THE BUGS OUT OF ONE AREA AND SPREADING THEM AROUND YOUR MOUTH!
  2. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums.
  3. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a “C” shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
  4. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions.
  5. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth on both the upper and lower arches.

Flossing can add years to your life by reducing the bacterial infection getting into your bloodstream. For more advice on how to keep your smile healthy and sparkling or to reserve a dental cleaning and exam for early 2012, call LaFrom Dentistry, located in Cupertino, California, at (408) 996-8595.

~ by cupertinodentist on December 20, 2011.

One Response to “Back to the Basics”

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