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Oral Hygiene Instructions

Oral Hygiene Tigard, ORAt Lisa Gitelson, DMD, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with education through discussion and demonstration on proper oral hygiene habits. Through reviewing instructions, and helping our patients understand the importance of daily oral care, we can help you keep your teeth as healthy as possible. We are here to answer your questions and review your concerns, we want you to communicate with us, do not be afraid to ask us - we want to help you keep your teeth in optimal health!

At Home Care

Brushing and flossing your teeth daily is the best way you can prevent oral health problems. There are proper ways to perform both tasks, with some tips, you can get the most out of brushing and flossing your teeth.

When purchasing a toothbrush, look for bristles that are soft. Because your toothbrush is exposed to bacteria, we suggest changing your toothbrush about every three months. You do not need to purchase expensive brushes, simple brushes are sufficient.

To properly brush your teeth, angle the brush toward your gums. Your goal is to remove food debris and plaque that tends to rest along the gum line. Plaque is a naturally occuring film that is comprised of food particles and saliva, it is filled with decay causing bacteria and needs to be removed before it hardens into a tartar or calculus and lead to a cavity. We recommend brushing twice a day to avoid plaque from hardening.

We promote flossing with all of our patients. Flossing seems to be the part of oral hygiene that gets missed most often, though it is highly important.As you chew, food debris becomes stuck in your teeth, some so small that you are unaware it was there. Flossing removes sources of decay causing bacteria that can hide between your teeth.

Preventative Services

At Lisa Gitelson, DMD, we offer our patients a range of preventative services that will promote oral health. Smoking may increase the risks of oral health issues. These services are designed to encourage healthy smiles. Our services include:

•  Dental Cleanings: Dental cleanings with a professional hygienist are vital to your dental health. Our hygienist will measure your gum pockets, note signs of gum disease and perform the level of dental cleaning necessary. Most of our adult patients require specialized cleaning services through scaling and root planing. Using our ultrasonic scaler, we remove hardened calculus with a directed burst of oxygenated bubbles.
•  Dental Exams: Dental exams are important to your dental health, during your exam we not only look for problems, but evaluate changes in your bite or overall oral health. Your dental exam can provide clues to not only your oral health, but your overall health as well. Included in your dental exam, we also perform an oral cancer screening, evaluating anything unusual about your soft tissues, and examine lumps.
•  Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride has been proven to strengthen your teeth. Though enamel is the hardest substance in our body, it does break down through use. We can rebuild its strength through fluoride treatments.

For more information, or if you'd like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (503) 985-8945.

NOTE: These instructions do not represent the medical advice of our dental office, always refer to your personalized pre or post-op instructions given to you by our office, or call us at (503) 985-8945 for dental advice.

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Lisa Gitelson, DMD
14300 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard, OR 97224
(503) 985-8945
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