Oral Hygiene

Would you like to avoid complicated, expensive, and potentially painful dental procedures?

Regular visits to Dr. Barroso and his hygiene department at Legacy Dental ensure both proper preventative care and routine hygiene, allowing you to maintain the good oral health that is necessary for your overall well-being and systemic health.

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Our superior diagnostics equipment and materials detect any changes to your teeth, tissues, or bone, including cracks, decay, gum disease, or the breakdown of dental restorations. Educating our patients on effective hygiene is the heart of our practice.

Frequent and proper brushing and flossing, along with your regular professional dental cleaning, will help reduce and remove plaque- a contributing factor to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque is a soft, sticky, colorless bacterial film that grows on the hard surfaces of teeth. These bacteria use the sugar and starch from food particles in the mouth to produce acid. Left to accumulate, this acid produces foul breath, destroys the outer enamel of the tooth, and irritates gums to the point of bleeding.

How to Brush Your Teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice a day, but preferably after every meal. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush or electric toothbrush, and replace it every 3-4 months or as soon as the bristles begin to fray.

  • Start by choosing your toothpaste carefully, ensuring that you buy one that contains fluoride.
  • Place a pea-sized amount on your toothbrush.
  • Use gentle, circular, short strokes (about the width of a tooth) against the teeth and gums.
  • For the outer tooth surfaces, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line.
  • To clean the chewing and inner tooth surfaces use a gentle back and forth motion.
  • To clean the inner front tooth surfaces hold the brush upright and use gentle up and down strokes with the tip of the brush.
  • Don’t forget to brush along the gum line. Do not brush too vigorously as this may cause damage to the gum tissue.
  • It is recommended that you spend two minutes each time you brush your teeth. You should spend 30 seconds brushing each section of your mouth (upper right, upper left, lower right, lower left).
  • The tongue should also be brushed using a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove any food particles and bacteria that may sour the breath.
  • Thoroughly rinse the toothbrush to remove debris and toothpaste. Do not routinely store your toothbrush in a closed container, as the moist environment is more conducive than the open air to the growth of microorganisms.

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