Oral Hygiene Basics

At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS, we help patients throughout Spring Lake to stay in excellent oral health. With a focus on preventative care, we take the time to get to know each of our patients, creating a plan for lifelong oral health. With only one set of permanent adult teeth, it is important to care for them and be proactive in taking the steps to prevent cavities, infections, and gum disease. We recommend that you visit our dental office for a teeth cleaning twice a year so that we can remove plaque buildup and tartar, keeping your mouth healthy and clean. To schedule an appointment, call (616) 842-0090. In the meantime, here are steps that you can take at home to keep your mouth healthy.

How to brush your teeth properly

As a Spring Lake dentist, we know that how you brush your teeth is just as important as how often you brush them. It is important that you use a soft toothbrush that will not irritate your gums or cause the enamel on your teeth to erode. Many people make the mistake of thinking that a hard toothbrush is necessary for keeping teeth clean, but this is not the case. As long as you brush correctly a soft toothbrush will work equally well without damaging your teeth. Be sure to brush your teeth in a circular pattern, starting at the gum line and working your way towards the center of your mouth. This will move food particles, bacteria, and plaque away from your gum line. Brush your teeth in quadrants and be sure to brush each section for at least thirty seconds. While brushing you should apply even pressure but not be too aggressive. You should also use fluoride toothpaste since this will provide additional protection from cavities. We recommend that you brush three times a day – morning, after lunch, and before bed. This will keep your mouth clean without causing irritation from over-brushing. Additionally, be sure to buy a new toothbrush every three months or sooner if your bristles are frayed or your toothbrush is stained or smelling.

Flossing is essential for your teeth and gums

At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS, we remind our patients that it is critical to floss on a daily basis. If you live in the Spring Lake area and have not been to the dentist lately, we invite you to schedule an appointment so that we can clean your teeth and remove the plaque and bacteria from hard to reach places. Afterward, it is up to you to floss on a daily basis to remove food particles and plaque from in between your teeth. If they remain in place, you can develop gum disease which is both uncomfortable and dangerous to your oral and overall health. Gum disease occurs when plaque forms underneath the gum line and not flossing can lead to this. If you do not particularly enjoy flossing, buy a plastic flossing tool that you can hold and throw away once done. This makes it easier to get the job done.

Selecting the right mouthwash

When you use mouthwash, it is important to be sure that it is sugar-free. We also recommend using mouthwash that contains fluoride since this will help to kill any lingering bacteria while strengthening your teeth. Carry a bottle of mouthwash with you and rinse your mouth with it after meals, drinking a soda, or consuming coffee. As a Spring Lake, MI dentist office, we understand that it is difficult to brush more than a couple of times per day. Rinsing your mouth, however, is relatively easy, and everyone has time for it. Taking this simple step can help to reduce your risk of cavities and gum disease.

How to prevent tooth decay

Our team prevents tooth decay every day by helping our patients to have clean and healthy teeth. Tooth decay starts when plaque is left on the teeth, and the acid inside of it starts to eat away at the enamel. Keeping teeth clean by removing plaque, therefore, prevents tooth decay. Simultaneously, at home you can continue to brush your teeth and floss after meals. If you do not have anything with you, rinse your mouth with water. This will help to remove some of the loose food particles that may be in your mouth or to remove some of the sugar from your teeth. You should also eat a healthy diet since everything that you eat is directly placed onto your teeth.

What you should know about getting a fluoride treatment

At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS, we are a family dentist office that uses fluoride on a regular basis. We recommend that all of our youth patients under the age of eighteen have a fluoride treatment, at least once a year. Statistically, these treatments reduce the risk of getting cavities by 30 percent. This is significant considering that tooth decay is one of the primary reasons children miss days from school. Adults can also benefit from receiving a fluoride treatment and if you would like to find out if it is right for you, call 616-259-6045 to schedule an appointment. The treatment itself only takes a couple of minutes. The fluoride is applied directly to the teeth. It has no odor or smell and after a few minutes, patients are free to leave. It is one of the easiest ways to prevent cavities.

How to select the right toothbrush

Patients of our general dentist office are given a toothbrush at each visit. We recommend that you use it for three months and then replace it. When purchasing a toothbrush, look for a soft one that will not irritate your gums or erode your enamel. Otherwise, we suggest a battery operated or electric toothbrush since they can give you the best clean. The toothbrush head rotates while you are moving the brush around, helping you to break up more plaque for the cleanest possible teeth.

Food and drinks that you should avoid

As a family dentist office, we recommend that you avoid drinking too much soda, juice, coffee or anything that contains a lot of sugar. You should also stay away from candy, desserts, and particularly sour candy. Additionally, acidic fruit is bad for your teeth. Any time that you have a diet that is high in sugar and starch it is bad for your teeth because the bacteria on your teeth will thrive in this environment. Simultaneously, when you eat foods that are highly acidic, it can lead to enamel erosion. At Joe D. Arbutante, DDS, we recommend that you eat a diet high in green leafy vegetables, lean protein, dairy, and nuts since they can help to remineralize and strengthen your teeth. For more tips on how to eat a mouth-healthy diet, call (616) 842-0090 and schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Arbutante.

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Les R.

Love this Dentist. Kind, Professional and Efficient team. They’ve got a smooth system and provide excellent customer service.

Marc M.

Dr Arbutante and staff always do an excellent job with yearly check ups and cleanings. They were very helpful in scheduling a quick emergency checkup due to tooth discomfort. I was quickly scheduled even during holiday timing. Thank you Dr Arbutante and staff!

Bob D.

Excellent first visit and welcome to Dr. Joe’s practice. The staff is caring and professional. The exam was thorough. It’s good to know you are in good hands.

Anita N.

Friendly staff very professional. Dr. was great walked me through. Everything he was going to do. I must say this is my best dentist visit ever.

Bret L.

I have been a patient with Arbutante, DDS for nearly three years. They are excellent in an emergency (broken crown) and for going cleanings, fillings, etc. Their staff is knowledgeable, professional, and top of all, they are nice people. I highly recommend this group.

Jef F.

First preventative visit last week, and it went very well. Glad I made the change since this dental practice is so much closer to my home. Thanks!

Jasmine S.

My favorite dentist office! Dr. Arbutante and his staff really strive to care for the health of my teeth. I feel comfortable asking questions and know what they recommend is not to sell but to help!

Sara W.

Excellent service. Staff is very kind and caring. Dr Arbutante tells you exactly what he is doing and how long the procedure will take. Very welcoming

Matt K.

Amazing service. Kind and very attentive staff and Dr. Joe as well! Awesome group of people.

Lorri W.

He is an awesome dentist he took the time to explain everything he was doing. The staff was also awesome. I would recommend going to him.

Connie M.

My tooth was taken care of fast and without pain. Dr Joe had a very nice assistant as well.

Ben A.

Good people, doing the right things. Really appreciate the approach and feel well taken care of as a family.

Dan M.

Had a crown that broke and called Joe’s emergency number and left a message and he responded very promptly! Was my first time seeing Joe and he and his staff were wonderful! They were able to get me in right away and Joe took care of my issue very quickly! If you need any dental services i would highly recommend Joe and staff!

Mary D.

As always Dr Joe and his staff were excellent and friendly! Raquel assisted and was super good at her job and so sweet. Dr Joe always informs what he does and asks if I’m doing ok. Front staff are always great and really nice👍🏼!

Cathy T.

I received my first crown ever today. Dr. Joe and his assistant were very friendly and put me at ease. I was impressed with the amount of time spent on sizing my temporary crown. I’ll be back next week for my permanent one which seems fast. The receptionist is always very warm and nice at checkout.

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