We want to help you have the best oral health possible. It is our goal to teach our patients everything they need to know about having the healthiest teeth and mouth. If restorative work becomes necessary, we want to also help our patients understand what they need to do to keep all of their dental work in top condition. Just as it is necessary to keep your car running well, there are things you need to do to keep your mouth healthy so you can keep your teeth for a lifetime.
The best way to keep from having dental problems is very good homecare and having regular professional cleanings, exams, and x-rays.
Good homecare consists of:
- Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes
- Flossing once a day
Proper brushing is done by cleaning all the surfaces of the teeth and making sure you angle your toothbrush at 45° to brush at the gum line on the cheek and tongue sides of the teeth and on the top of the teeth. Using gentle strokes in a small, circular motion, go from the back to the front on each side, covering all teeth surfaces on the top and the bottom. Be sure to brush the back side of the teeth at the back of your mouth. For fresher breath, brush your tongue also. The best toothbrush to use is one with soft bristles.
Flossing should be done by taking an 18 to 24 inch length of floss, and wrapping most of it around the index finger of one hand. Wrap all but about 4 inches around the index finger of the other hand. Gripping the floss between the thumb and bent forefinger, gently work the floss between two teeth with a gentle sawing motion. Be careful not to force the floss. Gently scrape the floss in a C shape around each tooth, going to the gum line each time. Use your fingers to move the floss so that a new portion is used between each tooth. Continue until all spaces between your teeth have been cleaned, including the space behind the back teeth.
For people who just cannot seem to floss, there are products on the market like the Sonicare AirFloss or the Waterpik Water Flosser. Both are reasonable alternatives to flossing but Dr. Bruyere would prefer his patients floss.
Fillings are used to repair teeth that have a cavity. We use tooth colored, composite fillings to restore teeth that have cavities. The process includes a local anesthetic to put the tooth to sleep, removal of the cavity, and the use of bonding agents and tooth colored composite to restore the diseased area. A special curing light is used to harden the composite material after it has been molded and shaped to the correct anatomy of the tooth.
People who clench and grind their teeth do a severe amount of damage to them. Most people do this at night but some may do it during the day also. The best way to keep teeth from chipping, cracking, or wearing is to have a mouth guard made to wear during the times when the teeth are being clenched or ground. Laboratory processed mouth guards are very comfortable and will protect your teeth from the forces of clenching and grinding.
We want to help you maintain a beautiful smile for a lifetime. Please call our office at (903) 753-0337
for an appointment to begin a partnership in keeping a healthy mouth for life.