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Dental Operating Manual

Dental Operating Manual
by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. and Dr. Rita Dargham D.M.D.

Read Dental Operating Manual by Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. and Dr. Rita Dargham D.M.D. to learn more about Grove Smiles® Dentistry and our Dentistry office in Coconut Grove, FL.

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great-dentist-advice-coconut-grove-flLearning to ride a bike and learning how to swim are great achievements, but mastering skills come from repetition and then being able to develop the skills into muscle memory and habits. Brushing our teeth well is a good habit that we should learn to do from a very early age. But be conscious of the fact that with our over busy lifestyles, this good habit could easily but fall into a routine of bad habits that can be detrimental to our teeth and our oral health if we’re not careful!

A Dental Guide

Developing proper brushing techniques and sticking to them is crucial to the health and appearance of your family’s smiles. So take a moment to brush up on your teeth brushing skills with the “Shoulds” and “Should Nots” of brushing your teeth properly.

The “Shoulds”

Protect Your Gums from Receding

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and refrain from aggressive brushing. Brushing with a hard-bristled toothbrush or using excessive force while brushing can slowly cause gums to recede, exposing the root of the tooth and leading to sensitivity. Not fun!

Wait Before Brushing Directly After Meals

Wait at least 30 minutes after you’ve eaten to brush your teeth. When you eat, bacteria produce acid that temporarily weakens the enamel.

Brushing directly after eating, especially after eating acidic foods can damage the enamel as it is in a weakened state. After eating, it is best to rinse your mouth out with water or chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production. These measures will help to wash away bacteria without damaging your teeth!

Remember to Clean Your Entire Mouth

Make sure to brush your entire mouth, especially your tongue! Did you know that 90 percent of bad breath is due to a dirty tongue? So make sure to also thoroughly brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper.

Gold Star the Importance of Visiting Your Dentist

No matter how well you brush, biannual visits to your dentist are imperative to keeping your smile radiant and healthy! It is a fact that professional cleanings and checkups are the easiest way to avoid dental problems in the future.

The “Should Nots”

Don’t Forget To Use The Proper Technique.

Use the right technique by tilting the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush using small circles. This method is the most gentle and effective way to remove plaque!

Don’t Race.

Proper brushing should take at least two minutes! To make sure you brush for the right amount of time, use a stopwatch or listen to your favorite song while brushing. When deciding how much time to spend brushing your teeth, the important thing to remember is that it’s not about a prescribed amount of time, it’s about thoroughly cleaning all the surfaces of your teeth.

Don’t Forget Brushing is An Essential Part of your Daily Routine.

Avoid Midnight Snacking!

Sleeping directly after eating raises your risk for cavities significantly.

Set a Schedule To Replace your Toothbrush.

The ADA recommends buying a new toothbrush every three to four months. This is because over time the bristles of the toothbrush wear down and become less effective at removing plaque and bacteria. It is also important to swap out your toothbrush after being sick. Otherwise, the germs from your illness may reinfect you.

Healthcare For The Whole Family

At Grove Smiles Dentistry in Coconut Grove, FL, our team led by Dr. Stephen J. Parr specialize in total family dental healthcare and are focused on providing the most up to date treatments to create healthy and resilient smiles. In addition to helping your smile look and feel its best, we’re committed to helping you achieve and maintain your overall health.

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For Your Health,

Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S. and Dr. Rita Dargham D.M.D.

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Dr. Stephen J. Parr D.D.S., P.A.
2685 Bird Avenue
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