Published on August 26, 2021, Updated on May 3, 2024

What is the significance of Oral hygiene?

Gum diseases (periodontal disease) cause more tooth loss in those over 35 than cavities. At some point in their lives, three out of every four adults will be affected. The greatest strategy to avoid cavities and periodontal disease is to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis.

Bacterial plaque causes both periodontal disease and tooth decay. Plaque is a whitish coating that forms on the gum line of your teeth. Plaque forms on your teeth on a regular basis. You may remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly every day.

How Do You Brush Your Teeth?

Please contact the office at Oral Health Center Phone Number(614) 888-6811 if you have any pain while brushing your teeth or if you have any questions about how to brush properly.

Dr. Banga suggests brushing your teeth with a soft to medium tooth brush. Where your gums and teeth meet, place the brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush the exterior surfaces of your teeth gently in a circular motion many times with little, soft strokes. When inserting the bristles between your teeth, use light pressure, but not so much that you feel uncomfortable.

When you’ve finished cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, move on to the inside surfaces of the rear teeth and repeat the process.

Hold the brush vertically to clean the inside surfaces of the upper and lower front teeth. Brush each tooth with a series of gentle back-and-forth strokes. Don’t forget to clean the gum tissue around your teeth lightly.

Then, using short, delicate strokes, clean the biting surfaces of your teeth. To reach and clean all surfaces, change the position of the brush as needed. Make an effort to keep an eye on yourself in the mirror to ensure that all surfaces are clean. After you’ve finished brushing, give it a good rinse to get rid of any plaque you may have dislodged while brushing.

What is the Best Way to Floss?

Periodontal disease is most commonly found between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a great approach to get rid of plaque on those surfaces. It is, nonetheless, critical to master the appropriate method. The guidelines below will assist you, but keep in mind that it will take time and practice.

Begin with an 18-inch length of floss (waxed is simpler). Wrap the majority of the floss around one hand’s middle finger. Wrap the remaining floss around the other hand’s middle finger.

Hold the floss securely between the thumb and forefinger of each hand to clean the top teeth. Using a back-and-forth motion, gently place the floss between the teeth. Do not try to force the floss into position or snap it into place. Bring the floss up to the gum line and make a C-shape against one tooth. Slide it between the gum and the teeth until you feel a slight resistance. Move the floss up and down on one tooth’s side. Remember that each area has two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned. Continue flossing on both sides of all upper teeth. Avoid cutting the gum tissue between the teeth. Turn the floss from one finger to the other when it becomes soiled to get a new portion.

Use the forefingers of both hands to guide the floss between the bottom teeth. On both sides, upper and lower, don’t ignore the rear side of the last tooth.

When you’re finished, give it a good rinse with water to get rid of any plaque or food particles. If your gums bleed or are a bit uncomfortable during the first week of flossing, don’t be frightened. If flossing hurts your gums, you may be flossing too forcefully or squeezing the gums. Your gums will mend and the bleeding should cease if you floss everyday and eliminate the plaque.

Taking Care of Your Sensitive Teeth

Teeth might be sensitive to warmth and cold after dental treatment. This should only last a few minutes if the mouth is maintained clean. If the mouth isn’t kept clean, the sensitivity will persist and may worsen. Consult your doctor if your teeth are really sensitive. They may advise using a medicated toothpaste or mouthwash designed specifically for sensitive teeth.

Oral Hygiene Products to Consider

There are so many items on the market that it can be tough to choose between them. Here are some recommendations for dental care items that will work for the majority of patients.

The majority of patients find automatic and “high-tech” electronic toothbrushes to be safe and effective. Oral irrigators (water sprayers) will thoroughly rinse your mouth, but they will not remove plaque. Brushing and flossing should be done in combination with the irrigator. Electric toothbrushes such as Rotadent and Interplak produce outstanding results.

A rubber tip on the handle of some toothbrushes is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also interproximal toothbrushes, which are small brushes that clean between your teeth. You could hurt your gums if you use these incorrectly, so talk to your doctor about how to use them properly.

Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses can prevent tooth decay by up to 40% when used in conjunction with brushing and flossing. Remember that these rinses are not suitable for children under the age of six. Tartar control toothpastes remove tartar above the gum line, but gum disease begins below the gum line, so these products haven’t been demonstrated to help prevent gum disease in its early stages.

Anti-plaque rinses, which have been approved by the American Dental Association, contain ingredients that may help manage early gum disease. These should be used in addition to brushing and flossing.

Dental Cleaning by a Professional

Dental cleaning can be avoided by brushing and flossing daily, but a professional dental cleaning will remove calculus that your tooth brush and floss have missed. Your visit to our clinic is an essential element of your gum disease prevention plan. Keep your teeth for the rest of your life.