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Oral Hygiene


Below is a list of some of the questions our patients most frequently ask about oral hygiene. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to give us a call at (503) 243-2505 and our team will be happy to assist you.

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Gums


How often should I visit the dentist?
How often should I brush and floss my teeth?
What is the proper way to brush my teeth?
What is the proper way to floss?
What is plaque?
What can I do about bad breath?

How often should I visit the dentist?


You should visit the dentist at least twice a year. A dental exam can reveal early signs of decay and disease that you may not see or feel. Catching these conditions early can help control them before they get worse and harder to treat. Additionally, getting a cleaning by a trained professional will remove plaque in areas you may have missed or cannot reach.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?


You should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. You should floss once a day as well.

What is the proper way to brush my teeth?


The following guidelines are important to brushing correctly:
•  Make sure to use a soft bristled brush. Hard bristled brushes can wear down the enamel of your teeth
•  Place your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gum line. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gum line
•  Use short back and forth strokes or tiny circular movements to brush your teeth. Each movement should be no bigger than the size of each tooth
•  Make sure to use gentle strokes while brushing. Gentle strokes are effective in removing plaque, while too much pressure can wear down the enamel of your teeth
•  Brush all surfaces of each tooth, including the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth
•  Don't cut your brushing short! Make sure to brush for at least 2 minutes

What is the proper way to floss?


The following guidelines are important to flossing correctly:
•  Take 18 inches of floss and wind it around the middle finger of each hand. You can use these fingers to take up floss as it becomes dirty. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the floss leaving 1–2 inches in between for cleaning
•  Gently move the floss up and down in the spaces around your teeth. Never snap the floss down onto your gums, as it can cause damage
•  As you move the floss down into the space between two teeth, slide it up and down against the surface of one tooth. Gently clean at the gum line as well. Repeat this for the other tooth
•  Repeat this process for all of your teeth

What is plaque?


Plaque is a sticky, clear film which forms every day on teeth, from food debris and bacteria. If plaque is not removed, it can lead to gum disease and cavities. Regular dental check ups, along with brushing and flossing every day, can help prevent plaque buildup on teeth. In addition, avoiding sugary snacks and eating a balanced diet can help control plaque.

What can I do about bad breath?


Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors, including the types of food you ingest, periodontal disease, dry mouth, and other causes. Going to your dentist will help you determine the cause of your bad breath, so you can take steps to eliminate it.

Regardless of the cause of your bad breath, good oral hygiene and regular checkups with the dentist will help reduce it. Brushing and flossing will eliminate particles of food stuck between your teeth, which emit odors. It will also help prevent or treat periodontal disease (gum disease) caused by plaque buildup on your teeth, which can lead to bad breath. Dentures should be properly cleaned and soaked overnight in antibacterial solution (unless otherwise advised by your dentist). Finally, make sure to brush your tongue regularly to eliminate any residue.
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Dr. Jessica Mintie Kloenne
Dr. Robert A. Leon
Mintie Family Dentistry

511 SW 10th Ave. #804
Portland, OR. 97205


info@mintiefamilydentistry.com

Hours:
M–Th: 7am–4pm
F: by appt. only

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Tri-Met Stop ID 8384






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