Preventative Dentistry

Preventative Dentistry

Brush. Floss. Repeat.

Here's an unavoidable truth: we get one shot to keep our natural teeth and this takes commitment. It means regular and conscientious attention to a dental hygiene routine is required by you, and by us - team effort!

And Smilemakers is completely committed to keep you smiling.

Throughout the day we talk, we drink, we eat, we smile, frown, grimace…

Pain and discomfort caused by problems with our teeth and gums can be very distracting and troublesome.

To maintain dental health and to prevent problems it is important to maintain a proper dental hygiene. That means regular and conscientious attention is required by you, and by us – team effort!

We will help you to develop a maintenance program that works to ensure your comfort and continuing good health.

In the meantime, brush and floss, repeat as necessary!

How to Brush

Step 1

Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Point the bristles to where the gums and teeth meet.

Step 2

Use gentle circles and clean every surface of every tooth, do not scrub aggressively. You can hurt your gums by brushing too hard. For the front teeth, use the front part of the brush.


Children under 3 years should only brush with water or use toothpaste without fluoride until they no longer try to swallow it. It’s recommended to avoid swallowing an excessive amount of fluoride.

Children 3 to 6 years of age should be assisted by an adult in brushing their teeth. Only a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste should be used (a portion the size of a pea).

How to Floss

Step 1

Wrap a generous length of floss around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches between the hands. Use your index fingers to guide the floss between the teeth. You must move to a new part of the floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

Step 2

Slide the floss between the teeth. It should wrap in a “C” shape around the base of the tooth, where the tooth meets the gum.

Step 3

Swipe the floss on the tooth from bottom to top 2-3 times or more, until it is squeaky clean. Be sure to floss both sides of each tooth, and don’t forget to clean both sides of the back molars.

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