Practicing optimum oral hygiene helps keep most of the common oral conditions at bay, such as cavities, gum disease, bad breath, etc. Although brushing and flossing the teeth regularly at home gets rid of the majority of microbes from the mouth, a small proportion of them can get left behind on the teeth in the hard-to-reach spots. Hence, routine dental consultations would be necessary, along with maintaining oral hygiene at home.
The right way to brush and floss
It is necessary to brush and floss the teeth at least twice a day to ensure the microbes are removed, and their growth is hindered. We suggest you choose a soft-medium bristled toothbrush to clean the teeth thoroughly and not injure the soft gum tissues. Further, choose a toothpaste rich in fluoride, as this mineral can strengthen the teeth and increase their immunity to cavities. Use a suitable amount of toothpaste with the toothbrush held at a 45-degree angle so that the teeth are cleaned thoroughly.
Flossing is ignored by many after brushing their teeth. This is quite an unhealthy practice as the microbes and food residues tend to get left behind in the teeth intersections, which can significantly increase your chances of developing cavities and gum disease. Hence, we suggest you floss regularly to clean the teeth effectively and maintain a healthy mouth. You may use suitable floss (either waxed or unwaxed) to clean both sides of the teeth. It is crucial to avoid injuries to the gum while doing so and discarding the floss after using it.
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Why should you visit the dentist for periodic consultations?
During your biannual consultation, the dentist will look into various factors that can take a toll on your oral health. Some of them are the tartar deposits adhered to the tooth crowns and roots, gum disease, damaged teeth, worn out or old restorations, etc. One of the main procedures performed during the consultation is oral cleaning.
In this process, the dentist will eliminate the plaque and tartar accumulated on the teeth and tooth roots. We use an ultrasonic scaling device for this, which contains a metal tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies. When the metal tip is brought in contact with the tartar deposits, they would be dislodged gently without affecting the structure of the teeth. Similarly, root planing is performed using a hook-like scaling tip to clean the tooth roots by removing the tartar deposits and cleaning the deep gum pockets.
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