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WHY IS ORAL HYGIENE SO IMPORTANT?
Adults who are over the age of thirty-five tend to lose more teeth to periodontal disease than cavities. Three out of four adults suffer from this condition at some point in their life. A good oral care routine such as regular brushing and flossing is important for preventing cavities and periodontal disease.
Bacterial plaque causes both dental decay and periodontal disease. Plaque is a transparent film that sticks on to your teeth and your gum tissues. Plaque formation takes place continuously. Proper brushing and flossing daily is the key to germ removal and helps to prevent periodontal disease.
HOW TO BRUSH
Are you feeling uncomfortable while brushing? Call our dental office today at (818) 848-5591 to find out how to brush properly.
A toothbrush with soft bristles is usually recommended by Dino Gharibian, DDS, and Angela Terzian, DDS. Place the brush at an angle of 45 degrees between your gums and teeth. Brush the exterior surface of your teeth using circular motions and apply gentle pressure. Putting the bristles in between your teeth while putting a lot of pressure will create severe discomfort.
When you’ve finished cleaning the exteriors of your teeth, repeat the process to clean the insides of your back teeth.
Hold the brush in a vertical position to brush the interior surfaces of the upper and bottom front teeth. Brush each tooth with a back-and-forth motion. Don’t skip brushing the gum tissues around the tooth.
Then, using short, gentle strokes, clean the biting surfaces of your teeth. Change the brush’s position as needed to reach and clean all surfaces. Make an effort to check yourself in the mirror to ensure that you have cleaned every surface. After you’ve finished brushing, thoroughly rinse to remove any plaque you may have loosened while brushing.
HOW TO FLOSS
Periodontal disease generally appears in between your teeth where it is difficult for your toothbrush to reach. Flossing is an important method for removing plaque from these surfaces. However, it is essential to master the correct techniques. The instructions below will assist you, but keep in mind that it will take time and practice.
Start with a piece of floss (waxed is preferable) about 18″ long. Wrap the majority of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the remaining floss around the middle finger of the opposite hand.
To clean between the lower teeth, use the forefingers of both hands to direct the floss. Remember to include the rear of the last tooth on both sides, top and bottom.
When finished, rinse thoroughly with water to remove loosened plaque and remaining food particles. Do not be concerned if your gums bleed or you feel some soreness. If flossing hurts your gums, you may be doing it too hard or squeezing the gum. Once you start doing it daily, your bleeding will stop and your gums will heal.
CARING FOR SENSITIVE TEETH
Teeth can become sensitive to hot and cold food after dental treatment. This should only last a short time if the mouth is properly cleaned. If the mouth is not kept clean, the sensitivity will persist and may worsen. Consult our dentists if your teeth are highly sensitive. They may suggest a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse designed specifically for sensitive teeth.
CHOOSING ORAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Since there are several dental products available, it can be difficult to choose between them all. Here are some tips for selecting dental care products that will work for most patients
Most clients find fully automated electronic toothbrushes to be safe and reliable. Oral irrigator systems (water spraying devices) will carefully rinse your mouth but will not discard plaque. Brushing and flossing are important along with using the irrigator. Rotadent and Interplak electric toothbrushes produce fantastic results for us.
Some toothbrush handles have a rubber tip that can be used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also small brushes that clean in between your teeth (interproximal toothbrushes). If you use these incorrectly, you could harm your gums, so consult our dentists to properly use them
Fluoride fortified toothpaste and mouthwashes, when combined with brushing and flossing, can decrease tooth decay by up to 40%. Remember that these mouthwashes are not suitable for kids under the age of six. Tartar control toothpaste removes tartar above the gums, but periodontal disease begins below the gum line. Hence, these products have not shown any proven signs of reducing gingivitis.
A good oral care routine will help to reduce the risk of plaque and tartar formation. However, a professional cleaning service with us will remove calculus that your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is an important part of your gum disease prevention plan. Visit us today if you want to keep your teeth for a lifetime.