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Oral Care

Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. This means
that your teeth are clean and free of debris, your gums are pink and do not hurt
or bleed when you brush or floss, and bad breath is not a constant problem.

Regular Dentist Appointments

To ensure the best preventative dental care for you, we recommend getting your teeth cleaned at our dental office every 6 months. In addition to helping keep your gums and teeth healthy, getting a dental cleaning every 6 months improves the likelihood of our being able to detect a problem in your mouth while it is small and manageable. This can save you money and unnecessary pain.

Brushing Tips

Brushing your teeth regularly is not only good for your teeth and gums, but for your overall health as well. If you do not brush and floss your teeth regularly, then you can get plaque on your teeth. Plaque causes tooth decay (cavities) and it can make your gums bleed. Some bacteria in plaque can be unhealthy to you by exacerbating a
heart condition and/or diabetes when it enters a person's blood via bleeding gums.

  • The first step in proper oral care is to brush your teeth twice a day
    (morning and night) for at least two minutes.

  • Using a battery-powered toothbrush is much more effective than using
    a regular toothbrush and takes all the work out of brushing.

  • Using mouthwash after brushing will help freshen your breath and kill the bacteria that causes bad breath.

  • Use a toothbrush that has a soft brush and round bristles. This type of toothbrush will clean more effectively.

  • Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and work along the gum line
    using short, gentle strokes.

Flossing Tips

Proper flossing removes plaque and food particles in places where a toothbrush cannot easily reach under the gumline and between your teeth. Because plaque
build-up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, daily flossing is highly recommended.

  • Starting with about 18 inches of floss, wind most of the floss around each
    middle finger, leaving an inch or two of floss to work with.

  • Holding the floss tautly between your thumbs and index fingers, slide it
    gently up-and-down between your teeth.

  • Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you
    go beneath the gumline. Never snap or force the floss, as this may cut
    or bruise delicate gum tissue.

  • Use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

  • To remove the floss, use the same back-and-forth motion to bring the
    floss up and away from the teeth

More Information

Click the links below to learn about certain dental procedures and topics from
the American Dental Association® (ADA) and the WebMD Oral and Dental
Health Center

•  ADA Oral Health Topics A to Z

•  WebMD Oral & Dental Health Center

Is it really necessary to go
to the dentist every six months?


Besides checking for cavities, your dentist and hygienist is evaluating the health of your gums, possible presence of gum disease which may harbor bacteria or infection that could create other health problems. Your head and neck region are examined for infection and oral cancer. Many diseases of the body show symptoms and signs in the oral cavity. To insure the best preventative care for you and your body at least twice a year is recommended.

Why is it important to floss my teeth every day?

Teeth have 5 surfaces and brushing alone reaches only 3 surfaces! Bacteria are very small and do not require much space to survive. Decay and gum disease are caused by bacteria. Flossing is an attempt to clean surfaces of your teeth that you cannot reach with a toothbrush. Without flossing it is virtually impossible to control gum disease and decay.

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Family Dentistry of Columbus
Dr. Marlon Murrell, DMD • Dr. Jay Polk, DMD • Dr. Tommy Parker, DMD
3408-B University Avenue • Columbus, GA 31907 • Phone 706.563.5516 • Fax 706.563.5575

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