Tips to Support Oral Hygiene

Adults over 35 lose more teeth to gum diseases( periodontal disease) than from cavities. Three out of four adults are affected at some time in their life. The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is by good tooth brushing and flossing techniques, performed daily.

Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle against the gums
Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes
Brush the outer tooth surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
Use the tip of the of brush to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth using a gentle up-and-down stroke.
Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle fingers of each hand. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion.
When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into space between the gum and the tooth.
Bring the floss back toward the contact point between the teeth and move the floss up or down the other side, con forming the floss to the shape of the tooth.
Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the slide of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up-and-down motions.
Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth.

In addition, certain mouthwashes with specific ingredients can benefit oral health. Mouthwashes containing chlorhexidine, an antibacterial agent, can control plaque and gingivitis (gum disease that causes irritation, redness, and swelling around the base of the teeth). It can also help with bad breath.

Dentists can help recommend which mouthwash is better for an individual’s needs. However, mouthwashes cannot replace regular brushing and flossing.

Love Thy Neighbor Home Care Services is a comprehensive home care agency licensed by the Georgia Department of Community Health. Contact us today to see how our dedicated caregivers can help your loved one support oral hygiene. Call us now at 678-892-9118 and speak with us about how we can meet your needs.

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