Importance of oral hygiene
People over the age of 35 years tend to lose teeth to periodontal diseases than from decayed teeth and cavities. The only way to prevent gum diseases and cavities is by having good brushing and flossing habits that are performed every day. Out of 4 people, 3 individual’s teeth are affected as they ignore oral hygiene habits. Bacterial plaque is the major cause of tooth decay and periodontal diseases and it is usually a colorless film that forms all over the teeth and attaches to the gum line. As it is a constant formation, only regular brushing and flossing can ensure that the bacterial growth is inhibited to protect your teeth.
About Brushing Teeth
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We recommend using soft or medium toothbrush that is positioned at an angle of 45 degrees at the gum-line. You will need to brush gently in circular motions on the outer surface of the teeth while putting slight pressure on the bristles. Do not use higher pressure so that you feel some discomfort. After you clean the outer side of the teeth, repeat the same on the inner side of the teeth.
When you want to clean the lower and front upper teeth, it is best to hold the brush vertically and then make gentle strokes across each tooth. You will need to clean the gum tissue around the teeth for a cleaner look and feel. The biting surface of the teeth needs to be cleaned by gentle strokes and you may need to change the positions of the brush often to meet the cleaning requirements of all surfaces. Look at the mirror to ensure that you are cleaning it properly and when you are done brushing; you should rinse properly to remove any plaque bits that were loosened when you were brushing.
Procedure to Floss
It has been seen that periodontal diseases are visible in between teeth where brushing is impossible. And that is why you need to floss. Flossing is the right way to remove any buildup of plaque from the hard to reach surfaces. However, you need to know how to do it right. We have pt together the instructions but it may take a while to get the right technique.
Take a piece of 18”waxed floss and wrap it gently around your middle finger in one hand. You can wrap the rest of the floss around the same finger of the other hand. To completely remove the stuck food particles from the upper teeth, it is best to hold the floss between the forefinger and the thumb tightly. Next you will need to insert the floss between the two teeth by using a back and forth movements. Don’t try to force the floss in between the teeth but do it gently so that the gum tissue is not damaged. Bring the floss to the gum-line and then with a C-shape against one tooth wall, gently bring it down over any resistance. This clears the space and removes the stuck particles.
You can continue to clean all the sides of the upper teeth and keep turning your finger to get a fresh section of the waxed floss. When it is the turn of the lower teeth, you can use both the forefingers and clean them properly. After you have cleaned all sides of all the teeth, you will need to rinse and remove all the food particles and plaque that has been loosened. If your gums bleed a little or are sore, it is natural in the first week. Maybe you are doing it too hard. With time as you regularly floss and brush, the gums will heal.
How to care for sensitive teeth
Often after a dental procedure, your teeth become sensitive to cold and hot foods and beverages. Even though it is temporary in a clean mouth, it becomes a permanent issue, if you practice poor oral hygiene. In case you have extra sensitive teeth, please call us. Our dentists will recommend a specially formulated toothpaste or mouth rinse that will eliminate the issue of sensitivity.
Selecting the Right Products for Oral Hygiene
It can become confusing to select the best product from the plethora of available options. However, we offer you few suggestions to help you make the right choice of dental care products.
Electronic toothbrushes are effective and we have observed that the Interplak and Rotadent toothbrushes have shown excellent results. The water spraying devices or oral irrigators do not remove plaque but will rinse your mouth well. Thus, you can use those along with regular brushing and flossing.
There are many toothbrushes with rubber tipped handles. These are used to massage the gums. The Interproximal toothbrushes or the tiny brushes that can clean in between the teeth but you need to be careful as they can injure the gums if you don’t use them properly.
You can reduce tooth decay by nearly 40% if you brush, floss and use mouth rinses and fluoride toothpastes. However, these are not recommended for children below the age of 6 years. The tartar control toothpastes will alleviate the tartar buildup above the gums but as the ailments is gum related and affects below the gumline, it has not been approved to cure gum diseases.
The products approved by the American Dental Association, especially the anti-plaque rinses have ingredients that can help bring gum diseases under control. You can use these products along with flossing and brushing.
Get Professional Teeth Cleaning
Though you must be brushing and flossing every day to remove the dental calculus but a professional dental cleaning will remove it completely. You need to visit our dental office to prevent the dental and gum diseases the right way. This will ensure that your teeth are healthy and last you a lifetime. Care about your oral health. Start today!