Your smile is important to Dr. King Scott and his staff. That’s why we provide just about any procedure you or anyone in your family needs in our comfortable yet technologically advanced office. You’ll find a comprehensive menu of services including preventive and general dentistry, restorative and reconstructive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry and sedation dentistry.
However, there is one important component of dental health that we do not offer—your at-home oral hygiene routine. In between your visits to our convenient West Monroe, LA, office for your biannual dental cleanings and exams, we need you to take good care of your teeth and gums. Of course, that means brushing your teeth at least twice each day. But the quality of your brushing depends on your technique. Dr. Scott wants to make sure you’re brushing your teeth as best you can, so here are some tips to help you improve your at-home oral hygiene.
- Select a toothbrush with bristles that are soft and have ends that are rounded. You’re far less likely to scratch your tooth enamel or inflame your gums with a soft toothbrush. Also, choose a brush with a head that is the right size for your mouth. You want to be able to focus on two or three teeth at a time when you brush.
- Place about a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your brush. Any more than this will generate too much foam. Dr. Scott recommends that you select a toothpaste with fluoride.
- Dampen the brush with water and then place the bristles at about a 45-degree angle to your gum line. This way, the brushing will clean both the surfaces of your teeth, as well as you gum tissue.
- With gentle pressure, brush the outer surface of two or three teeth. Try to work in a circular motion that moves downward from the gum line of your upper teeth and upward from this line of your lower teeth. Be sure to brush vertically behind your front teeth, and use a scrubbing motion to brush the surfaces of your molars. Continue doing this until you’ve brushed all of your teeth.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue—back to front—and the roof of your mouth. A really good brushing should take you between two to three minutes. Finally, replace your toothbrush after three or four months of use, and especially after you’ve had a cold or the flu.
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Now that we’ve made sure you’re brushing well, we’d like to remind you that your dental checkups are important, too. If it’s time to see Dr. Scott, then call our office today. Dr. Scott and his staff happily provide our services to those who live in Monroe, LA, Ruston, Rayville, Farmerville, Columbia, South Arkansas, and the greater North Louisiana area.