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By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
April 27, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Both tooth decay and gum disease pervade the American population. Good oral hygiene habits, however, can dramatically improve your dental health. In East Lansing, MI, your dentist, Dr. Thomas Faiver, and his team help their patients develop and maintain an effective routine. It combines both at-home and in-office habits.

Brushing

Use a soft brush that fits your mouth comfortably. A fluoride toothpaste strengthens tooth enamel, and your systematic, gentle brushing removes the plaque which quickly collects on your teeth and at the gum line. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush twice daily for a full two minutes.

Flossing

Floss once a day. Wind the strand around opposite index fingers, and gently insert it between two teeth. Form a C with the strand, and move it up and down gently. Never snap floss against the gum tissue. Move systematically around your mouth. Then rinse.

Diet

You know what to do. Limit sugar and carbs. Consume four to five servings of fruits and vegetables, and get into the habit of drinking water throughout the day. Limit dark drinks and foods so your teeth stay bright and white.

Mouthwash

Ask Dr. Faiver if an ant-plaque, fluoride, or whitening rinse would benefit your smile.

Don't smoke

Tobacco darkens your tooth enamel, compromises gum tissue, and causes oral cancer. See your primary care physician about a smoking cessation program.

Semi-annual dental visits

These are ADA standards. Your exam with your dentist and cleaning with your hygienist in our East Lansing office will be comfortable and thorough.

Cleaning includes:

  • Tooth scaling with ultrasonic instruments and/or hand-held curettes to remove plaque and hard tartar
  • Tooth polishing with a low abrasion toothpaste and rotary brush
  • X-rays as scheduled to detect hidden decay
  • Periodontal probing with a very small metal instrument (gum pockets deeper than three millimeters indicate periodontal disease)

Then Dr. Faiver does your examination, looking for:

  • Tooth decay and signs of gum disease
  • Proper dental bite
  • Signs of oral cancer
  • Jaw joint function
  • The appearance and condition of your crowns and fillings

Finally, you'll receive your exam findings. Dr. Faiver may recommend changes in your oral hygiene routine at home, tell you if you need any restorative work, and may advise certain cosmetic improvements.

Keep your good habits

Oral hygiene is the mainstay of a healthy, attractive mouth. Dr. Thomas Faiver and his team ask you to keep up with these important habits at home, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to be available for your dental emergencies. Phone us with any concerns or questions you have: (517) 351-7222.

By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
September 25, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

A good oral hygiene routine between visits to the dentist is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The naturally-occurring bacteria in all of our mouths gravitate toward the food particles left behind after meals, and the chemical reaction that occurs between them results in decay-causing acid. Dr. Thomas Faiver, your dentist in East Lansing, MI, has answered a few of the common questions he hears from patients about how they can improve the way they clean their teeth at home.

How often should I brush my teeth?

Brushing after every meal is ideal for keeping plaque from collecting on the teeth, but that's not always feasible. Your East Lansing dentist recommends all patients try to brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time. Dividing the mouth into quadrants - upper right, lower right, lower left, upper left - and spending 30 seconds on each section will help break up the time and ensure you're getting your all teeth thoroughly clean.

Why is flossing important?

It may seem like brushing is enough to keep your teeth healthy, but food particles can collect in the narrowest of spaces between the teeth, areas where a toothbrush cannot effectively reach. Carefully wedging floss in between each tooth breaks up these particles and disrupts the process of plaque formation and bacteria collection on the gums and teeth. Flossing should be a daily activity, as it takes very little time for plaque to develop.

How can I get better about flossing regularly?

Many of your East Lansing dentist's patients have trouble sticking to a flossing routine. The advent of the flossing picks - disposable plastic tools with a section of floss on them - has made the process of flossing easier, but making it a habit can still be a challenge. Try keeping several picks in an area where you'll be more likely to use them - the car, next to your bed, or in your purse or backpack - and mark off each day that you floss on a calendar so you can see your progress in action.

To learn more about good dental hygiene, make an appointment with Dr. Faiver today. Contact our office in East Lansing, MI, to get started on your road to better oral health!

By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
April 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Proper oral hygiene is important when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as they can be. This helps you to maintain a oral hygieneperfect smile that is white, straight and bright. A dentist in East Lansing, MI such as Dr. Thomas Faiver can examine your teeth and perform preventative dental procedures that help maintain your oral health. Regular dental examinations and cleanings are an integral part of good oral health.

More about Oral Hygiene

The health of the mouth and the body are interchangeable. This means that disease in other parts of the body can cause symptoms in the mouth while a disease in the mouth can lead to problems throughout the body. This makes keeping up with your oral health that much more important. Regular dental visits can help solve any problems you have and can assess the condition of your oral health regularly.

Your East Lansing, MI dentist Dr. Faiver is great for offering suggestions for preventative dental care. In between these important visits with him, it is your job as a patient to keep your teeth and gums as healthy as you can with a regular oral hygiene routine. Brushing twice a day and flossing once are the minimal requirements to a successful oral hygiene routine. An appropriate mouth rinse with anti-bacterial and cavity-fighting ingredients is also helpful.

Maintaining your oral health makes sure that you are as healthy as you possibly can be. A dentist in East Lansing, Michigan such as Dr. Faiver can teach his patients helpful oral hygiene habits that will keep them as healthy as possible. Following a regular oral hygiene and dental exam/cleaning routine will help any patient, no matter their age, to achieve optimal oral health.

By Thomas G. Faiver DDS PC
February 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Brushing and flossing, as most people know, are essential to maintaining dental health. However, rinsing with mouthwash is not typically oral hygieneincluded in this regimen, although the shelves at your local grocery are packed with options. Your dentist in East Lansing, MI Dr. Thomas Faiver, explains both the benefits and problems associated with mouthwash use.

Why should people use mouthwash?

Mouthwash, which comes in a variety of flavors and strengths, has been shown to help kill the germs that cause decay and gum disease, enhancing the actions of brushing and flossing. Mouthwash that contains fluoride, a natural mineral, can help to keep bacteria at bay as well as well as strengthen the teeth's enamel. A quick rinse of mouthwash can also freshen the breath temporarily. Most people tend to use mouthwash after brushing and flossing to rinse away any food particles left behind, but others find using it first to "prime" the mouth as a better option. Your East Lansing dentist can recommend certain brands and types for your dental health.

When is mouthwash not recommended?

As with most things, moderation is the key when using mouthwash. In addition to reducing "bad" bacteria, the antiseptic agents in mouthwash can also kill off the "good" bacteria that people need to maintain a healthy mouth. People who use alcohol-based mouthwash in excess of three times a day, especially in place of brushing or flossing, put themselves at a greater risk for oral cancer, according to a study published in the medical journal Oral Oncology. 

The American Dental Association recommends that any type of mouthwash should only be used under a dentist's advice, so if you have questions about your oral hygiene routine, Dr. Faiver wants to hear from you! Contact our office in East Lansing, MI, to schedule an appointment today!