Patients Need to Be Taught How to Properly Remove Plaque from Their Teeth

In the culture of the United States, a sizable portion of the population learns how to clean their teeth at a relatively early age. Still, even in America there are plenty of people who really have not learned the proper and effective way of removing plaque fully from their teeth.

We are bombarded with television advertisements for toothpaste, and our parents or siblings initially teach us that we must brush our teeth, but that does not always include using the most effective technique. We grow up learning that we should be brushing our teeth three times a day, but we know today that one does not even need to use a particular brand of toothpaste to clean teeth free of plaque.

In our practice we teach patients how to remove plaque, while enjoying the freshness of using traditional toothpastes as well.

The axiom “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is so true. The fact is that if you clean your teeth effectively you will likely have minimal dental disease throughout your life. Learning how to clean your teeth effectively is of much greater value than paying dental insurance premiums.

Here is a success story of a patient who simply needed to understand how to properly remove plaque from her teeth–which most of us call “brushing your teeth.” My patient had been under the treatment of a few periodontists since she was in her 20’s, and under their care for approximately 20 years. She had lost teeth over time and was becoming desperately concerned about losing more teeth as time passed.

I examined, diagnosed and planned treatment for her. I trained her how to clean her teeth free of bacterial plaque, effectively, one time a day. Her periodontal disease was successfully treated and she has been healthy for years since. Her missing teeth were replaced via dental implants and she has had them now for more than 15 years. The implants are still healthy, also. This patient success story is often the experienced by other patients who also learn how to remove plaque from their teeth.

Dr. Karl A. Rose
Periodontal & Implant Associates of Greater Washington
Chevy Chase, MD
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