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Russell Bibb DMD - Estacada Dental May 2019 Newsletter Forward to a Friend   Submit Question
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Ways of Keeping Dental Infections Away
Dental infections can cause a lot of trouble if left untreated for too long. You need to make sure that you always keep track of what is going on inside your mouth, especially if you recently had any dental work done. There are many things that can be done to help prevent infections in and around your mouth. Here are a few of the best tips for keeping your mouth clean and healthy.

Always Brush Your Teeth and Floss Properly

As a general rule, flossing needs to be done at least once per day and brushing twice per day. If you recently had dental work done, you still need to keep your teeth and gums clean but be sure to follow post-procedure instructions you received to avoid problems while healing. Be gentle in order to avoid damaging the area where work was done, but keep the area clean as a way of preventing an infection.

Rinse with a Salt Water Solution

By taking the time to rinse your mouth with a mild solution of salt water, you reduce the chances of developing an infection. The salt cleanses the area, and allows for fewer bacteria to live in the conditions within your mouth. We will give you guidelines for how often you should use salt water rinses in your post-procedure instructions to help promote the best healing possible.

If you recently have dental work and are unsure if its healing properly, contact us as soon as possible, and we can help you know the best way to take care of your smile.

Items to Keep in an Emergency Dental Kit
You should always make sure to have an emergency dental kit on hand for those just in case moments. Keep one in the house, one in your glove box, and one at work. That way no matter where you are you have access to one should that need ever arise. Put a bit of floss, a travel toothbrush, a tiny tube of toothpaste, dental wax, and a filling repair kit in there. That way, if you encounter any type of minor dental emergency, you have a way of helping yourself until we can see you. Then, all you have to do is call us and come in to get seen.

Why Timing How Long You Brush is So Important
When was the last time you timed how long you brushed your teeth? Most adults do not do it regularly, but they should. If you do not brush for the full two minutes each time, you could be missing parts of your mouth, and this could put you in danger of developing cavities. Take a moment today to time how long you brush. Start the timer and look away, brushing like normal. Then, when you are done, look back. Did you brush for at least two full minutes? If not, make sure you add a bit of time to your routine. Your teeth will thank you for it!


Russell Bibb DMD - Estacada Dental | | 503-630-4211
103 SE Highway 224, Suite A, Estacada, OR 97023



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