Oral Hygiene

Dentist

Tyler, TX.

Why is oral hygiene so important?

Adults over the age of 35 are more prone than children to lose their teeth due to gum disease (periodontal disease) rather than cavities. Three out of every four adults will be affected at some point in their lives. The greatest strategy to avoid cavities and periodontal disease is to practice effective tooth brushing and flossing practices daily.

Bacterial plaque causes both periodontal disease and decay. Plaque is a white coating that adheres to the gum line of your teeth. Plaque accumulates on your teeth all the time. You may remove these germs and help prevent periodontal disease by brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly every day.

How to Brush

If you have any discomfort when brushing, or if you have any questions about how to brush properly, please contact the office at Tyler Office Phone Number 903-630-7357.

Dr. Nash recommends brushing your teeth with a soft to medium toothbrush. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle between your gums and teeth. Brush the exterior surfaces of your teeth in a circular motion many times, using small, soft strokes. While inserting the bristles between the teeth, use light pressure, but not so much that you experience any discomfort.

When you’ve finished cleaning the exterior surfaces of all your teeth, repeat the process to clean the insides of your back teeth.

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

Then, using short, delicate 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 inspect yourself in the mirror to ensure that you have cleaned every surface. After you’ve finished brushing, vigorously rinse to eliminate any plaque you may have dislodged while brushing.

How to Floss

The periodontal disease most commonly shows itself between the teeth, where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is an excellent method for removing plaque from these surfaces. However, it is critical to learn the appropriate method. The guidelines below will assist you, but keep in mind that it will take time and practice.

Begin with a length of floss (waxed is preferable) about 18″ long. Wrap the majority of the floss around the middle finger of one hand. Wrap the rest of the floss around the other hand’s middle finger.

Hold the floss securely between the thumb and forefinger of each hand to clean the upper 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 to the gum line and form a C-shape against one tooth. Insert it into the gap between the gum and the tooth until light resistance is felt. Move the floss up and down one tooth’s side. Remember that each space has two tooth surfaces that must be cleaned. Floss each side of all of the top teeth. Avoid cutting the gum tissue between the teeth. Turn from one finger to the other to acquire a fresh segment of floss when it becomes soiled.

To clean between the bottom teeth, use the forefingers of both hands to guide the floss. Remember to include the backside of the last tooth on both sides, upper and lower.

When finished, aggressively rinse with water to remove plaque and food particles. Do not be concerned if your gums bleed or become sore during the first week of flossing. If flossing hurts your gums, you may be doing it too forcefully or pinching the gum. As you floss and eliminate plaque daily, your gums will heal and the bleeding should stop.

 

Caring for Sensitive Teeth

Teeth might become sensitive to heat and cold after dental treatment. This should only last a short time if the mouth is maintained clean. If the mouth is not maintained clean, the sensitivity will persist and may worsen. Consult your doctor if your teeth are very sensitive. They may advise you to use a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse specifically designed for sensitive teeth.

CHOOSING ORAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS

Because there are so many options on the market, it might be tough to choose between them all. Here are some tips for selecting 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 spraying devices) will thoroughly rinse your mouth but will not eradicate plaque. Brushing and flossing are required in addition to using the irrigator. Rotadent and Interplak electric toothbrushes produce outstanding results.

Some toothbrush handles contain a rubber tip that is used to massage the gums after brushing. There are also tiny brushes that clean between your teeth (interproximal toothbrushes). If you use these incorrectly, you could hurt your gums, so consult your doctor about proper usage.

Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes, when combined with brushing and flossing, can prevent tooth decay by up to 40%. Remember that these rinses are not suitable for children under the age of six. Tartar control toothpaste removes tartar above the gum line, but gum disease begins below the gum line, hence these products have not been shown to lessen the early stages of gum disease.

The American Dental Association-approved anti-plaque rinses contain ingredients that may aid in the management of early gum disease. These should be used alongside brushing and flossing.

Professional Cleaning

Daily brushing and flossing will help to reduce dental calculus, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus that your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is a crucial element of your gum disease prevention plan. Keep your teeth for your lifetime.

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