Dr. Andow's ultimate goal is to provide you with a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal. Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.
Tooth brushing– Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste. Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Dr. Andow recommends the Rotadent®.
Flossing– Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it helps disrupt plaque from building up thus preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone. Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.
Rinsing– It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter mouthwash, Dr. Andow recommends one that does not contain alcohol. His recommendation is CloSYS.
Dr. Andow or his dental hygienists may also recommend use of other dental aids: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.