Our goal at Southport Dental is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your entire life.  When you visit our office, our dentists and hygienists are happy to explain and demonstrate the best methods for your oral home care routines.  However, the responsibility for maintaining healthy teeth and gums ultimately rests with you.

Your oral home care routine should include flossing and brushing.  You may also want to consider using other oral hygiene aides, such as tongue scrapers and rinses.

Floss
Flossing removes plaque and other debris both above and below your gum line, helping to prevent decay and periodontal disease.  Our hygienists can demonstrate proper flossing techniques for you during your appointment.

If you have not flossed in some time, your gums may bleed at first when you begin flossing.  If you are flossing correctly on a daily basis, your gums will heal and the bleeding should stop within 2 weeks.

Brushing
Brushing removes plaque and food debris on the chewing surfaces of the teeth.  We recommend brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush and ADA-approved fluoridated toothpaste.  You should also brush after you floss, not before.

Tongue Scrapers
Tongue scrapers remove bacteria and food debris on the tongue, preventing it from getting stuck in the deep crevices of your tongue and causing bad breath.  Tongue scrapers typically have two sides, regular and soft.  We recommend that you use the regular side.  Be sure to rinse the scraper at regular intervals throughout the cleaning as well as after you have finished using it to ensure the tool remains clean and effective.

Rinses
Antibacterial rinses help to eliminate and manage the harmful bacteria in your mouth that causes periodontal disease and cavities.  It also reduces bad breath.  We recommend that you use a non-alcoholic rinse, as rinses that contain alcohol dry your mouth out and can actually cause your breath to smell worse than before.

To make your appointment with Dr. Larry Hemby and Dr. L.D. Williams and learn more about proper oral hygiene care following your treatments, please contact Southport Dental at 910-457-5026.