Home Dental Care

Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile. We’ll work with you to accomplish both yours and our goal. You were meant to have a beautiful and healthy smile throughout your life, and we promise to do whatever is necessary to ensure you are proud of your smile. But it isn’t up to us alone, you play an extremely important role, and your goal should be to live a life free from oral hygiene concerns. Part of the team approach is regular office visits, and the other part is living a healthy lifestyle. Well-balanced meals, limiting snacks containing sugars and other carbohydrates and the proper use of dental aids such as floss and a toothbrush. Following a three-part regime of twice-daily brushing, daily flossing and effective rinsing will go a long way to maintain proper oral health.

Brushing Recommendations

Brushing your teeth twice a day is the minimum frequency we recommend, and especially before bed. An ADA approved soft bristle toothbrush and toothpaste can do marvelous things with your healthy smile. If you have sensitive teeth, you may want to use toothpaste specifically manufactured to treat this issue. A fluoride toothpaste is also highly recommended.

Here’s an effective method to follow:

  • With toothpaste on your brush, place it against the outer side of your teeth at a 45 degree angle from your gum. Brush in a circular motion, small enough of motion to make sure you touch your gums every stroke.
  • Concentrate on all surfaces of the teeth; outer, inner and biting surfaces.
  • Tartar and plaque often get missed behind the top and bottom front teeth, so use the tip of the brush to effectively clean them.
  • Brushing your tongue will remove food particles, germs and bacteria that is nearly always present. This will go a long way to freshen your breath and make you smile.
  • Use a tongue scraper to remove all plaque and debris, as well as excess toothpaste.

REMEMBER: The brushing of teeth at least twice a day is a ritual to ensure a healthy smile and good oral hygiene. An effective brushing session should take at least 2½ minutes. Try your best to focus on 30 seconds on each side of the mouth, in and out. Spend at least 30 seconds cleaning the inner, soft tissues of the mouth, including scraping the tongue.

SPECIAL NOTE: The use of an electric toothbrush is also recommended. Simple to use, you just follow a similar brushing method as above to maintain a beautiful, healthy smile and fresh breath.

Flossing Regularly

Daily flossing is perhaps the best way to clean between your teeth. The spaces between your teeth may be too tight for the bristles of your toothbrush to pass through, so dental floss is a great way to remove plaque from those areas. Dental floss is also important for gum health, so removing any plaque from under the gum line will prevent occurrences of gum disease, tooth decay and bone loss.

The traditional process

  • Using approximately 16 inches of dental floss, the ends wrapped around your middle fingers, leaving approximately 2 – 2½ inches, pulled tightly with both hands.
  • With your thumbs and index fingers guiding the floss, insert the floss between your teeth and perform a saw-like motion, rubbing against each tooth and the gums below. Some teeth will be tighter together than others, so use a gentle and relaxed method of getting the floss between teeth.
  • For rear molars or any teeth with spaces, curve the dental floss in the form of a “C” around the tooth and scrape up and down, and across the gum and below the gum line.

SPECIAL NOTE: There are great floss holders on the market today, and they can be useful if you find traditional dental floss difficult to use. You can find different styles at your local pharmacy.

Rinsing the mouth

You should rinse your mouth with water after every meal, regardless of brushing. This habit is important because there are times during the day when brushing isn’t possible or convenient. Water is recommended, but if you wish to use a mouth rinse, please consult us on how you can best use one. Not all rinses are alike, and some ingredients may not be recommended for your particular oral health condition.

Oral Care Aids

Items such as tongue scrapers, medicated rinses, gum stimulators, irrigation devices and interdental brushes are all recommended for good oral hygiene. You can find most if not all of these at your local pharmacy.

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Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136
email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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