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Teaching Patients How to Properly Remove Plaque from Their Teeth

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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.

Knowing to Brush Your Teeth Is Not the Same As Knowing How

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 kinds of toothpaste as well.

Preventive Dentistry and Proper Oral Care Is Key

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.

Success Story of Proper Brushing

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’s success story is often experienced by other patients who also learn how to remove plaque from their teeth.

Contact Rinaldi Dental Arts

If you need help caring for your oral health, schedule an appointment with Rinaldi Dental Arts in Chevy Chase, MD. We will teach you how to properly care for your teeth and repair any tooth damage you may have. Schedule an appointment today.

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