A good, consistent routine to care for your teeth between office visits not only helps maintain the health of your mouth, it is an essential part of taking care of yourself. Dr Miller recommends the following practices for home care. By following these practices, you reduce your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems.
(Please Note: Therasol can be purchased from Dr Miller when you are in the office.)
You should clean your dentures, aligners, retainers, and night guard daily. To clean your dental appliances, use a soft toothbrush reserved specifically for this purpose--brush gently under cold water with antimicrobial hand soap; then dry with a soft cloth. After your appliances are dry, store them safely in their case, or, for appliances you wear full-time, you can immediately put them back in your mouth. Once appliances become stained, or deposits from your mouth accumulate on them, the stains and deposits are very challenging to remove without causing damage to the appliances; so, it is imperative to clean them properly and consistently, every time you remove them. Additionally, once a week, your appliances should be soaked in Retainer Brite for 5 minutes—Retainer Brite is a solution that helps keep your appliances free from pesky bacteria that can live in your mouth.
After any dental procedure, it is normal to experience a period of mild discomfort. To encourage healing and minimize discomfort, some basic guidelines apply. Following these recommendations will allow you to return to normal as quickly as possible. If we have given you specific instructions at the time of treatment, it is important to follow those exactly.
Dental surgery is like any other surgical procedure. It requires proper care after your surgery to achieve optimal results and reduce the risk of pain or complications. Please follow these instructions carefully after having any dental surgery.
If you are having a dental emergency during normal business hours, please call the office at (301) 468-9383. If it is after 5pm (noon on Fridays) or during weekend hours, you can reach the doctor by calling (301) 881-4658.