Home Care

A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients.  Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal.  Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

  1. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
  3. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  4. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

Electric toothbrushes are also recommended.  They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently.  Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

  1. Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
  2. Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
  3. Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline.  Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush.  If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.

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My previous dentist left me in a horrendous state. I was in constant discomfort and at the end of my rope. I didn't know if I could ever get back to normal, and I was worried I would go broke trying to fix the damage that was done. Dr. Michael Gilman accepted me as a patient knowing my situation. He was exactly what I needed, a dentist that cares more about his patients than his ego. He is a true professional who is patient, caring and compassionate. It was a long process but he never made me feel like a burden. His entire staff is wonderful and caring. His office is a very positive environment. His rates are reasonable and he didn't try to bleed me for every penny like my previous dentist. Now I feel a sense of normalcy for the first time in several years, and I know that I'm in good hands whenever I need dental work. I'll never take that for granted again. I'm so thankful I found Dr. Gilman, and I can't recommend him highly enough.

Rich R.

Dr. Michael was recommended to me by a good friend. I was more than a little apprehensive about having some significant dental work done. I found Dr. Michael and his staff to be top notch professionals. He inspired confidence in me and his staff reinforced that feeling by being thoroughly first class all the way. He explains things in a way that makes them right-sized and doable. My apprehension went away and his highly skilled hands have done some amazing work on my dental issues. I am very pleased with the results. This is THE dentist for me, bar none.

Alan S.

Teri is the the best dental hygienist I have experienced, such good work! She has great attention to detail and a gentle touch at the same time. Teri is a wonderful person! The whole staff is so friendly! The first time I have looked forward to my visit to the dentist is at Dr. Gilmans office!

Andy H.

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Larry E. Gilman, DDS & Michael S. Gilman, DDS

5220 Neil Road, Ste 210, Reno, NV 89502

Phone:(775) 826-7883