HOW TO BRUSH

While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a circular motion several times using small, gentle strokes. Use some pressure while putting the bristles between the teeth, but not so much pressure that you feel any discomfort. When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside of the back teeth.

To clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth, hold the brush vertically. Make several gentle back-and-forth strokes over each tooth. Don’t forget to gently brush the surrounding gum tissue.

Next you will clean the biting surfaces of your teeth. To do this, use short, gentle strokes. Change the position of the brush as often as necessary to reach and clean all surfaces. Try to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure you clean each surface. After you are done, rinse vigorously to remove any plaque you might have loosened while brushing.

If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to call the office.

HOW TO FLOSS

Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, it is important to develop the proper technique. The following instructions will help you, but remember it takes time and practice.

Start with a piece of floss (waxed is easier) about 18″ long. Lightly wrap most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest of the floss around the middle finger of the other hand.

To clean the upper teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth using a back-and-forth motion. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Move the floss up and down on the side of one tooth. Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the upper teeth. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue between the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, turn from one finger to the other to get a fresh section.

To clean between the bottom teeth, guide the floss using the forefinger of both hands. Do not forget the back side of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower.

When you are done, rinse vigorously with water to remove plaque and food particles. Do not be alarmed if during the first week of flossing your gums bleed or are a little sore. If your gums hurt while flossing you could be doing it too hard or pinching the gum. As you floss daily and remove the plaque your gums will heal and the bleeding should stop.

CARING FOR SENSITIVE TEETH

Sometimes after dental treatment, teeth are sensitive to hot and cold. If the mouth is kept clean, this sensation should not last long. However, if the mouth is not kept clean, the sensitivity will remain and could become more severe. If your teeth are especially sensitive, consult with Dr. Ferrin. A medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse made especially for sensitive teeth may be recommended.

CHOOSING ORAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS

There are so many products on the market. Choosing the right one can be difficult. Here are some suggestions for selecting dental care products that will work for most patients:

  • Automatic and “high-tech” electronic toothbrushes are safe and effective for the majority of users. Oral irrigators (water spraying devices) will rinse your mouth thoroughly, but will not remove plaque. You need to brush and floss in conjunction with the irrigator. We see excellent results with the electric toothbrushes “Rotadent” and “Interplak.”
  • Some toothbrushes have a rubber tip on the handle that is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes (interproximal toothbrushes) that clean between your teeth. If these are used improperly you could injure the gums, so be sure to discuss proper use with Dr. Ferrin.
  • If used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses can reduce tooth decay by as much as 40 percent. Remember, these rinses are not recommended for children under six years of age.
  • Tartar control toothpastes will reduce tartar above the gum line, but because gum disease starts below the gum line, these products have not been proven to reduce the early stage of gum disease.
  • Anti-plaque rinses, approved by the American Dental Association, contain agents that may help control signs of early gum disease. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.

Dr. Ferrin is the best person to help you select the right products that are best for you.

 

ABOUT DR. JOHN FERRIN, DMD, MS

WHO WE ARE

Dr. Ferrin brings a wealth of cutting-edge periodontal training with him to Southern Oregon. Born in the mountains of Northern Utah and raised in Mississippi. Dr. Ferrin joined the U.S Army National Guard at the age of 17 and served for 14 years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology with an emphasis in Physiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and went on to earn his DMD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. While attending dental school, he started a nationally recognized dental clinic to provide free dental care to Veterans in need. The clinic was named Sgt. Clint Ferrin Dental Clinic after his brother, who neglected his oral health due to several deployments. Sgt. Ferrin was later killed in action in Iraq in 2004. For his work in the clinic, Dr. Ferrin was awarded the ADA Foundation Award for student leadership.

Testimonials

What People are Saying

“Great Experience”

"Thank you Dr. Ferrin and staff for a first class experience. Everyday I examine the gum graft surgery spot and am so amazed at the difference. My gums are now very youthful and healthy looking!"

Larilyn G

“Highly Recommended”

"I never thought I'd need a gum graft (or that I'd write a review for one!), but thankfully, there is Ferrin Periodontics. Dr. Ferrin is kindhearted, empathetic, and highly skilled..."

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"It has been 10 years"

"I gave Dr. Ferrin and his staff a five rating for the family atmosphere and professionalism I experience every time I go there. I had a crown Lengthening procedure and I couldn’t be more please with the out come..."

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Katharine Glasser
Katharine Glasser
01:49 25 Jun 19
For many years I was foolish enough to avoid dentists while working overseas. On returning home I continued to avoid them primarily because I was afraid of what I'd be told. Of course it can't be put off forever and at my first dental appointment I was referred to Dr.Ferrin for periodontal care. I was terrified, but it was so much easier than I was expecting. The staff were all friendly and helped me relax. They were patient, made sure I was comfortable, and never once made me feel guilty or stupid for not attending to my mouth sooner. Dr.Ferrin was very thorough and took the time to explain what he was doing, what he found, and what my options were. There was no rush or pressure for me to make a decision right away. Ultimately a care plan was agreed upon and the work started. There was a lot to be done, but it's now almost complete. I'm feeling good and best of all I have my smile back. Thank you Dr.Ferrin and all your staff for your excellent work and your caring attitude.read more
Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
23:19 22 Jun 19
My experience with Dr. Ferrin and his team was great. He has exceptional bedside manner and my gum graft was as painless as it could be. The only downside is he’s a Kentucky Wildcat fan, but I would still see him again and recommend him to all my friends and family.read more
Linda Thompson
Linda Thompson
18:34 15 May 19
Dr Ferrin saved my teeth! After years of miss guided attention to my periodontal disease that allowed my condition to progress , Laser treatment year to date is a success. Now it's on going maintenance to keep my gums healthy. Dr Ferrin and his entire staff are personable and caring including Hygenist Heidi and September who are also skilled and very thorough . Honesty and integrity come to mind. Sincerely, Carleton Thompsonread more
Molly Quinn
Molly Quinn
02:52 06 May 19
Dr. Ferrin is a godsend. I switched over to him after an discouraging experience with the last periodontist that I met with. I was really nervous at first, but Dr. Ferrin and his staff were very kind and comforting towards me. They went out of their way to make me feel at ease. I’ve only had one appointment with Dr. Ferrin and I trust him. I would definitely recommend him to anyone if you have to have a dental procedure because he is the perfect example of a medical professional in that area.read more
Paula Ivie
Paula Ivie
22:19 23 Apr 19
Honest, informative, has integrity, professional, and great staff. The work we had done was high quality. We felt lucky to have found Dr. Ferrin. We drive 2.5 hours to have him do the work that needed to be done.read more
Easton Ferrin
Easton Ferrin
16:20 15 Apr 19
best periodontist i ever met. Super nice and good at his job.
Mike Barton
Mike Barton
00:06 20 Mar 19
September handled my quarterly cleaning today in a particularly human way. I have been suffering from a bad case of shingles on the right side of my head and she went out of her way to make my cleaning as painless as possible. Thanks again.read more
Steven Weskirchen
Steven Weskirchen
23:39 30 Oct 18
You can feel comfortable and secure that you are receiving the best treatment possible with Dr. Ferrin and his amazing team. I have needed multiple procedures, and have not always had the best experiences in a dental chair, -therefore I do know the difference. I instantly felt at ease when I walked into Dr. Ferrin's office. He is professional, sensitive, and shows a genuine passion for his work. I have never experienced a "specialist" who truly thinks in the grand concept for the health of his patients, instead of just completing the task he is trained to perform. This passion and professionalism trickles down to all the staff in his office. They are all friendly and upbeat, which further exudes that feeling of confidence and comfort; and are obviously happy to be a part of his team. They are well-trained in explaining a specific and detailed financial plan when necessary, and are always available to answer questions. THEY MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A PERSON, -NOT JUST A PATIENT. Dr. Ferrin does exceptional work, is empathetic, and we are truly blessed to have his service in our area. I felt compelled to share my positive experiences online for those who are apprehensive or just looking for re-assurance to get the best periodontal care possible. Dr. John Ferrin and his staff are awesome!read more
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Ferrin Periodontics

John D. Ferrin, DMD, MS

2930 E Barnett Rd, Medford,
OR 97504, USA

PHONE: 541-779-4501

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