Whittemore Family Dentistry

Care & Wellness

We have put together this guide to help you learn the basics of oral care and understand the resources available to you as a patient. As always, feel free to call with any questions or concerns about your oral health and your teeth.

Tooth Care

  1. Brush your teeth (at least) twice a day in a circular motion
    with a soft bristled toothbrush aimed at the gum.
  2. Floss every night in an up-and-down motion while keeping
    the floss in a u-shape and against the tooth surface.
  3. Avoid smoking.
  4. Avoid sticky sugary foods.
  5. Eat a balanced diet.
  6. Use antiseptic and fluoride rinses as directed.
  7. Have sealants placed on young permanent teeth.
  8. Smile!

More on Brushing

Brushing is the most effective method for removing harmful plaque from your teeth and gums. Getting the debris off your teeth and gums in a timely manner prevents bacteria in the food you eat from turning into harmful, cavity causing acids. Most dentists agree that brushing three times a day is the minimum; if you use a fluoride toothpaste in the morning and before bed at night, you can get away without using toothpaste during the middle of the day. A simple brushing with plain water or rinsing your mouth with water for 30 seconds after lunch will generally do the job.

Tooth Wisdom

If you consistently drink bottled water you may be missing the benefits of optimally fluoridated water. Same goes for home water treatment systems (e.g., water filters).

Bad breath can sometimes be caused by the medications you take, including central nervous system agents, antiparkinson drugs, antihistamines/decongestants, antipsychotics, anticholinergics, narcotics, antihypertensives and antidepressants. 

If your tooth has been knocked out:

  1. Try to place the tooth back in its socket.
  2. If you cannot locate the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown and place it in a container of warm milk, saline or the victim's own saliva. 
  3. Rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris, place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury and go to the emergency room or dentist's office. 
  4. Chewing a sugarless gum will stimulate saliva production between brushing, helping prevent cavities.