10 Hygiene Tips from Your Periodontist to manage periodontal disease
- Cleaning between the teeth is critical! This is where bacterial biofilm stagnates and we commonly see periodontal disease developing. Make this your first priority when cleaning.
- Bend the bristle brush on your interdental brush to be at 90 degrees to the handle for easier access.
- Don’t forget to use the interdental brush around the back surface of your last tooth in each set of teeth.
- You don’t need to use toothpaste on interdental brushes.
- When flossing, make sure you are rubbing the floss on the tooth surface, not just the space between the teeth.
- You should see your floss just disappear under the gum around each tooth.
- Tooth brush the most trickiest areas to reach first. This is commonly the lower molars, on the sides facing your tongue.
- Only tooth brush each surface of the tooth for two seconds at a time, before moving to the next tooth.
- Focus the tooth brush bristles along the gum line of the tooth.
- When flossing implants, make sure you wrap the floss 360 degrees around the implant.