Dr. Christopher Lillo is a respected Toms River, New Jersey, dentist, who has practiced with the Oak Ridge Dental Group, PA, for more than two decades. Experienced in periodontal treatment, Dr. Christopher Lillo emphasizes the importance of proper at-home teeth and gum care among patients.
The basics elements of teeth and gum care include brushing, flossing, rinsing, and eating the right foods. Brushing should be performed twice each day and, ideally, following each meal. If possible, wait 30 minutes after eating to brush, as this gives any enamel softened by acid in the food time to fully re-harden.
The acids in play are created by bacteria within the plaque coming into contact with food particles. If the acids are not addressed, they can result in cavities. Brushing effectively removes plaque, which is the film of bacteria around the teeth. The key to proper brushing is to position the brush at a 45 degree angle relative to the gum line and using a small circular motion to reach every accessible crevice. Avoid pressing too hard, as this can cause gum damage and lead to other types of infection. Before or after brushing, thoroughly floss as a way of dislodging hidden food particles stuck between the teeth.