Dental Care At Home “Your Role”

Your Role At Home

Practicing good oral hygiene at home is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. The New York State Dental Association and Dr Frank C Perry believes preventative care is the foundation of avoiding oral health problems. Simple care taken at home can help keep your mouth healthy and your smile bright between visits to your dentist.

Tips for Home to Make Dentist Visits Easier
Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, 2-3 times a day with a soft toothbrush, at your hygiene visit Dr Perry’s hygienist will give you a complimentary toothbrush and instructions on it’s proper use your you. Each person and mouth is different so professional instruction is often the best.
dental flossFloss at least once a day. during your dental hygiene visit Dr Perry’s dental hygienist will give you the best floss for you and help you learn how to use it properly.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and when the bristles are frayed
Use an “ADA Accepted” fluoride toothpaste. Many adult patients will visit the dental hygienist every 3 to 6 months depending on their individual needs. Don’t worry we will give you a complimentary toothbrush at your visit.

“Always wear a protective mouthguard when playing sports!”
Brush Right, Smile Bright

Here are some tips to get you started!
Place your soft toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums
Move the brush back and forth gently, in wide strokes
Be sure to brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of your teeth
Brush your tongue to remove bad breath-causing bacteria
Dental Emergency Tips
Knocked out tooth? Retrieve the tooth and hold it by the crown (top). Gently rinse the root of the tooth if it is dirty. Do not scrub or remove any tissue or fragments. If possible, carefully attempt to put the tooth back in its socket. If replacing the tooth isn’t possible, put it in a container with milk or water and get to the dentist as soon as possible.
Broken tooth? Rinse your mouth with warm water and keep the area clean. Use cold compresses on the area to keep the swelling down and call Dr Frank C Perry at 516 383 9049 for an appointment immediately.
Bitten tongue or lip? Clean the area gently and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If there is persistent bleeding, go to a hospital’s emergency room quickly. I know that biting our tongue is not a common occurrence however in today’s busy hectic lives we tend to eat at work or during a meeting and it is human nature to talk and eat at the same time. To avoid this take some extra time out for lunch during the day and chew your food thoroughly not only will you avoid the unpleasant tongue biting episode but you will help with the first steps of digestion by mixing the important enzymes in our saliva with the food to begin the miracle of digestion.
Something caught between your teeth? Try to gently remove the object with dental floss and avoid cutting your gums. Do not use a sharp instrument of any kind to attempt removal. If you can’t get it out, call Dr Perry and get in as soon as possible. If you don’t often get food caught between your teeth and now it is happening more frequently then there may be a broken filling or tooth that has created a NEW space that was not there before. You will want to have Dr Perry check it out and make the appropriate recommendation for it’s repair. Food traps and spaces contribute to periodontal disease because even when you think you have all the food out there is most likely some additional debris in the area.
Toothache? Rinse your mouth with warm water. Make sure food or foreign objects are not lodged around the tooth by using dental floss. Do NOT put aspirin or any painkiller on the gums or around the aching tooth. It can cause a burn in your mouth and do more damage than good. There are over the counter remedies that can relieve the pain and provide temporary relief in the event you cannot get to see Dr Perry or on safari or at the top of Mount Everest but be sure to read the label on these products they are designed to provide temporary relief for a short period of time not for long term use.

Fluoridation
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention considers community water fluoridation one of the 10 Greatest Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century. It began in 1945 and has proven to be a safe and cost-effective way to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral found in nearly all naturally occurring water sources. It has been shown to prevent and even reverse tooth decay in communities.
For several decades, the American Dental Association has continuously endorsed community water fluoridation and the use of fluoride-containing products as safe and effective. These are excellent protective measures for preventing tooth decay.

applying topical fluoride When you visit Dr Perry for a dental hygiene visit we will in most cases do a concentrated in office rinse of fluoride this will help remineralize and protect the teeth after your dental hygiene visit. It will also REDUCE sensitivity. Over the past 20 years patients have complained about seeing the dental hygienist. The most common complaint is “my teeth are to sensitive” We have experienced in almost every case that keeping the gums and mouth healthy and using fluoride in our office has made these patient return and return and say.

“I was never able to have my teeth cleaned before. this is amazing thank you so much Dr Perry!!”

Oral Health and Pregnancy
preganant bellyMaintaining you oral health during your pregnancy is crucial. Research continues to suggest that there may be a relation between gum disease and preterm birth and/or low birth weight. Other studies reveal women with gum disease may also be more likely to develop gestational diabetes.
Continue your regular dental visits during your pregnancy, and be sure talk with Dr Frank C Perry and dis dental hygienist for personalized suggestions. Certain rising hormone levels and plaque buildup can irritate gums and cause pain. Dr Perry may recommend more frequent hygiene visits during the second or third trimester to help control gum inflammation or gingivitis.

Following pregnancy, oral health is very important because mothers and fathers can pass bacteria from their mouth to the child’s when sharing food, utensils or kisses. Clean mouths are important to babies with weak immune systems.

Tips on Preventing Some Problems During Pregnancy
If you are planning to become pregnant call Dr Perry and schedule and appointment often if the mouth is healthy before pregnancy we can avoid dental problems during pregnancy. Women often say that pregnancy destroyed their teeth when in fact when they were pregnant they did not visit the dentist and the problems that were there before have not been neglected because let’s face it. You have a lot going on as an expectant mother, baby showers, visit’s to the OBGYN, Making a new baby nursery and many woman still work and have to run their homes so this triples the amount of work you ladies have to do. Having to call us with an unexpected dental emergency is the last thing you need.
So get in visit Dr Frank c Perry and his team will keep your pregnancy event free; at least the unexpected dental event!

Using Products with the ADA Seal of Acceptance
Dentists and consumers have long recognized the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance as an important symbol of a dental product’s safety and effectiveness. For more than 125 years, the ADA has sought to promote the safety and effectiveness of dental products.

ADA seal of ApprovalThe first Seal of Acceptance was awarded in 1931. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan gave the Association a certificate of commendation for the outstanding self-regulatory efforts of its Seal program.  Although it is strictly voluntary, about 400 companies participate in the Seal program. Participating manufacturers commit significant resources to evaluate, test and market products in the Seal program. Some 1,300 dental products carry the Seal of Acceptance. Of these, about 45 percent are products sold to consumers, such as toothpaste, dental floss, manual and electric toothbrushes and mouth rinses. The rest are products prescribed or used by dentists, such as antibiotics or dental restorative materials.

Please be sure to select the correct product or ask us for a recommendation at your visit.
Frank C Perry DDS and his dental team are here to help. We care.
-FCP

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(*the views expressed here are merely from experience and are some friendly tips)

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