1866 Packard Rd, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197 |  

8582 N. Canton Center Road, Canton, Michigan 48187 |  

734-528-9132

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Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry focuses on protecting and maintaining your teeth in order to keep them healthy. Our goal is to bring every mouth to a healthy state; free of gum disease, cavities and other oral diseases. Routine six-month oral examinations and cleanings help us reach this goal. With emphasis on proper brushing and flossing habits we guide you to a healthy and beautiful smile.

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    1. Gently brush the outer tooth surfaces of 2-3 teeth using a vibrating back & forth rolling motion. Move brush to the next  

        group of 2-3 teeth and repeat.

    2. Maintain a 45-degree angle with bristles contacting the tooth surface and gumline. Gently brush using back, forth, and

        rolling motion along all of the inner tooth surfaces.

    3. Tilt brush vertically behind the front teeth. Make several up & down strokes using the front half of the brush.

    4. Place the brush against the biting surface of the teeth & use a gentle back & forth scrubbing motion.

    5. Brush the tongue from back to front to remove odor-producing bacteria.

 

A regular small head toothbrush with soft nylon bristles is best for brushing. Mechanical or power toothbrushes are very effective in removing plaque. Don’t forget to brush the tongue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to brush properly:

Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums. Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.

Which toothpaste is best to use?

Proper brushing is essential for cleaning teeth and gums effectively. Use a toothbrush with soft, nylon, round-ended bristles that will not scratch and irritate teeth or damage gums. Place bristles along the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.

Flossing:

Flossing is the only way to remove plaque from in between teeth. It is very important to floss at least one time everyday.

How to floss:

Use an 18 inch, long piece of waxed floss. Start flossing from top right and move all the way to top left, not missing any areas. Then move to the lower left and move all the way to lower right. Doing it this way everytime assures that no area is missed and you are getting the same teeth everytime. Wrap one end around the middle finger on the right hand a couple of times, wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the left hand. Use the thums and index finger of both hands to manipulate the floss. Place the floss in between 2 teeth and hug the side of one tooth and move the floss up and down and out. Then place the floss in the same area and this time hug the other tooth with the floss and again, move the floss up and down and out.

*Remember: You don’t have to floss all of your teeth everyday; only the ones you want to keep!

Mouth Wash:

It is an excellent addition to your oral hygiene regimen. If you are prone to getting cavities, fluoride mouthwash may be recommended for you. Remember to swish the mouthwash for a minute and DO NOT eat or drink or rinse your mouth with water for at least half hour after the mouthwash. There are also prescription mouthwashes available which can only be determined by the dentist if you need it.