How to Properly Brush and Floss Your Teeth

An important part of your dental health is to brush and floss your teeth or dental implants. Though you may do so, you may be surprised to find that you’re not doing it properly. For instance, did you know you should brush at least twice in a day and floss at least once a day, even if you have dental implants or dentures?

Read on for tips to get the best out of these important daily practices.


Eating acidic foods can break down your tooth enamel. Brushing immediately after eating can further harm the enamel by eroding or even removing it. Instead, we recommend that you wash and rinse with water immediately after eating or drinking to loosen any food particles and to neutralize the acids on your teeth, dentures or dental implants. It’s best to wait at least 30 minutes after a meal before brushing your teeth or dental implants.

Proper Technique

We recommend that you brush for a minimum of two minutes. Use these methods for your daily brushing routine to ensure it’s done correctly every time.

  • Choose a soft toothbrush with rounded bristles to avoid scraping or tearing your gums or damaging your dental implants or All-on-4 implants. Receding gums can be caused by years of brushing too hard.
  • Brush along the gumline at a 45° angle. Use a gentle, back and forth motion or a circular scrubbing motion. The goal is to get to every tooth.
  • Next, brush the back of your teeth or dental implants. Use the tip of the toothbrush with up and down strokes. Again, it’s important to brush, not scrub, to avoid damaging the gums.
  • Make sure you brush the top and sides of your tongue to remove bacteria and foul odor.

Remember to change your brushing patterns frequently to avoid missing the same spots over and over. Also, it’s best to replace your toothbrush every two to three months.


Flossing daily ensures you’ll clean the out-of-the-way areas that your toothbrush can’t reach. Plaque can grow between your teeth in a day. It actually begins to harden into tartar within 24 to 36 hours, so we strongly recommend you floss at least once a day and especially before going to bed, even if you have dentures, dental implants, or All-on-4 implants.

Proper Technique

You can make remembering to floss easier if you do it while doing something fun like watching your favorite TV show or listening to your favorite podcast.

  • Pull 18 to 36 inches of floss from the dispenser.
  • Gently wrap the ends around your index and middle fingers, but leave about 2 inches in between your hands.
  • Insert the floss between your teeth or dental implants. Wrap it in a C-shape and gently pull the floss around the tooth or implant while moving it in an up and down motion. Make sure to floss the front and back of each tooth.
  • As the floss wears, unwrap it from your fingers and switch to a fresh section.

As with brushing, make sure you don’t damage your gums. You want to get the base of each tooth, just at the gumline, but you don’t want to cause your gums to bleed. Your gums may be sore if you haven’t flossed recently, but after the first few days you’ll remove the bacteria and they will feel better.

You can ensure the best long-term care for your teeth, dental implants, All-on-4 implants, or dentures by using proper flossing techniques in conjunction with proper cleaning and regular dental checkups. Contact us today to set a date for your next visit and to find out more about our teeth in a day procedure.

10 Common Causes of Receding Gums and How to Treat Them

Receding gums are a symptom of gum disease. This happens when the gums begin to pull away from your teeth, dental implants, or denture making them look longer than normal. Receding gums can eventually expose tooth roots and lead to tooth loss, loose dentures, or weakened dental implants.

Although not dangerous if diagnosed and treated early, receding gums have been tied to gum cancer and other health complications if left untreated. If the cancer is not discovered, it can spread to the mouth and neck. The cancer cells can even enter the bloodstream and be carried to other parts of the body.

It’s important that you schedule an appointment with your dentist if you feel you may be showing signs of receding gums or gingivitis (early gum disease). Here are 10 common causes to think about when brushing and flossing.

10 Causes of Receding Gums


Receding gums are more common in adults age 40 or older and, along with dentures or the need for dental implants, are commonly misconceived as another symptom of aging. Men in this range are more likely to develop this issue than women. Men are also more likely to develop gum cancer from gum disease.


Just like other parts of your body, the genes passed down from your parents can affect your dental health. If your parents have problems with gum disease, you may be predisposed to the same issues, no matter how well you take care of your teeth.

Brushing Too Hard

Although it’s important to brush and floss at least twice a day, there is such a thing as brushing too aggressively. Remember to use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the teeth. Brush, don’t scrub. Whether your have dentures or All-on-4 implant, brushing your teeth shouldn’t hurt or cause bleeding. If you’re unsure of the correct way to brush, have your dentist demonstrate for you.


Gingivitis is the medical term for the early stages of gum disease. It’s during these early stages that you’ll begin to notice your gums are receding. As soon as you notice, schedule an appointment with your dentist. If left untreated, gingivitis develops into a more serious form of gum disease called periodontitis.

Misaligned Teeth

Teeth or dentures that overlap or have large gaps can allow bacteria to grow in the gum pockets. The growth of this bacteria can lead to gum disease and receding gums. Misaligned or crooked teeth can also place abnormal amounts of pressure on your gums and jawbone, leading to recession.


The professional term for grinding or clenching your teeth is bruxism. Bruxism also puts an enormous amount of pressure on your teeth and jaw, and over time it will cause the gums to draw away from the teeth. Grinding or clenching your teeth can also be a sign of other dental issues as well as damage your dental implants or All-on-4 implants, so let your dentist know if you suspect that you’re grinding your teeth.


Smoking breaks down the enamel on your teeth and dries your mouth out. This lack of enamel and saliva allows the bacteria in plaque and tartar to severely damage your teeth and gums, leading to gum recession, gum disease, and possibly cancer.

Hormonal Changes

During puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, women’s hormone levels fluctuate. This can make their gums more sensitive and susceptible to receding gums and periodontal disease.

Damage to Teeth or Gums

Accidents or blows to your mouth can damage your teeth, dental implants, All-on-4 implants, and your gums, causing the soft tissue to weaken and recede. You should visit your dentist immediately after suffering trauma to your mouth.


Some medications can cause chronic dry mouth. If the medication is taken for a long period of time, the chronic dry mouth can cause bad breath and lower levels of saliva. This lack of saliva to protect the teeth, dentures, dental implants and gums allows bacteria to destroy gum tissue.


Treating receding gums depends on the seriousness of your gum disease. If you’re showing early signs of gingivitis, your dentist can easily diagnose and treat the problem by performing a tooth scaling or root planing. Both of these are forms of deep cleaning where the plaque and tartar buildup is removed from your teeth or dental implants and roots. The root area is then smoothed over to make it more difficult for bacteria to stick. As a precaution, your dentist may also prescribe antibiotics.

If your gum recession cannot be treated by a deep cleaning, oral surgery may be required. Your periodontist will choose from three main types of surgery to treat your gums.

Flap surgery. During this procedure, your periodontist will fold the affected gums away from the tooth, remove the bacteria, and then secure the gums back in their original position over the root.

Bone and tissue regeneration. If your gum recession has progressed far enough to affect the bone supporting your teeth, dental implants, or All-on-4 implants, a regeneration procedure may be performed. In this procedure, the gum tissue is folded back and the bacteria removed. Afterward, a regenerative organ such as a membrane, graft tissue, or a stimulating protein will be applied to encourage bone and tissue growth. The gum tissue is then restored to its original position over the root.

Soft tissue graft. If your roots are exposed as result of receding gums, a soft tissue graft will be performed. This procedure involves making a small incision in the roof of your mouth and then removing a piece of the tissue from beneath the flap created. This tissue is then stitched to the gums surrounding the exposed root, allowing the tissue to grow back.


Preventing gum recession is very simple. Take good care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing regularly and by visiting your dentist or periodontist twice a year as recommended. Remember, regular visits will allow your dentist to spot early symptoms and treat them immediately. If you’re concerned about your oral health, would like to schedule a checkup, or would like more information on dentures, dental implants, All-on-4 implants, or the teeth in a day procedure, contact us now to for an appointment.

What You Need To Know About Having A Tooth Pulled

So you made the smart choice and visited your dentist immediately after feeling the first pangs of pain from a toothache. After a quick and easy examination, your dentist decided the best course of action was tooth extraction (tooth removal).

Just the thought of a dental extraction procedure conjures up feelings of pain and discomfort for most people. But don’t worry, we’re going to put your mind at ease by giving you some useful information about what happens when a tooth is removed.woman's teeth being worked on in dentist office

But Seriously, Does It Hurt?

We have a feeling this is the number-one thing on your mind right now, so we’re going to answer it first.

No, the procedure will not hurt.

Before extracting the tooth, you’ll be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. If you’re having more than one tooth pulled, you may be given a stronger anesthetic to help you sleep through the whole thing.

The only pain will be the tiny needle prick when applying the local anesthetic. After that, the only other sensation you should feel is the back and forth pressure when the tooth is loosened and pulled free from the gums.

Can Anything Go Wrong?

Believe it or not, a tooth extraction is a very straightforward and basic dental procedure. Before the procedure is performed, your dentist will test the areas that have been anesthetized to make sure you won’t feel any pain. If necessary, your dentist will apply more anesthetic before beginning.

If you experience even slight pain during the procedure, signal your dentist. He or she will test the effectiveness of the anesthetic and determine if more is needed before moving on.

If you’re pregnant, there’s no need to worry about the procedure or the anesthetic used. Neither is harmful to you or your baby. A study done in 2015 followed two groups of pregnant women and found there was no evidence showing dental procedures involving anesthetics caused any harm during pregnancy.

Aftercare and Recovery

After the tooth is removed, your dentist will send you home with strict instructions to ensure the socket heals quickly and effectively. These may include a prescription for a mild painkiller or a recommendation for over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen.

Other instructions will include:

  • How and when to change the gauze pad applied to the socket
  • What you can and cannot eat
  • When and how to rinse your mouth and what to rinse with

Your mouth will have to heal fully before having dentures, dental implants, or All-on-4 implants inserted.

One complication that may occur is “dry socket.” This occurs when a clot does not form in the socket or if it breaks loose or breaks down too quickly. A dry socket is dangerous because the bone below the extracted tooth is exposed to air and food, which can be very painful. If you are one of the three to four percent of patients that experience dry socket, you’ll feel it by the third day. Return to your dentist, where a medicated dressing will be applied to the socket to stop the pain and help a new clot form.

Your dentist may decide to have you take antibiotics before and after the procedure if you are at risk of developing an infection. He or she will go over your complete medical history before performing the procedure to determine if you’ll need antibiotics.

If you experience chills, nausea, vomiting, trouble swallowing, numbness in the socket area, chest pains, or excessive coughing after the procedure, notify your dentist immediately or go to the emergency room.

How Long Will It Take to Heal?

The immediate healing period will take three to four weeks. During this time, new gum tissue and bone will grow into the gap left behind. Over time, your teeth may shift into the gap. This can affect your bite and the way you chew. Your dentist may recommend filling the gap with a dental implant or dental bridge to prevent problematic shifting.

If you’d like more information on having a tooth extracted, dentures, dental implants, the All-on-4 dental procedure or the teeth in a day procedure, contact us today.