Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Oral Hygiene- Advices To My Patients For Good Oral Hygiene

Dear Readers,

First of all, I would like to advise you to consider what complications can be caused by not having good oral hygiene and whether you want to avoid all these complications. 

I'm sure you want.

You can pay attention to the previous post. Why Perfect Hygiene is so Important

1.Brush your teeth at least twice a day - after breakfast and before going to bed. According to me, it would be better if the teeth are brushed after each meal, but many people, and especially children, eat food more than three times a day. They consume snacks and pastries often as candy, biscuits and waffles. In this case it would be good if they try to reduce the number of meals. If they can not, my advice is to rinse the mouth with plenty of water and then if it is possible to chew sugar- free gum. (I'll talk about the right brush in my next post).

2. "Do not rush while brushing your teeth" - I always explain to my patients that the time is between 3 and 5 minutes. I admit that many people say this is a long time, but ... .. "you can listen to your favorite song during this time."

3. It is very important to note that all the surfaces of each tooth should be brushed equally well, especially in the area of ​​the molars. After showing my patients the right way to brush, I recommend brushing the teeth in front of a mirror at first, because for most of them, this is a new approach, and on the other hand some areas need more attention. Brushing in front of a mirror helps to see most surfaces, even more distant. When patients are sure they have mastered the habit of correct brushing, they can continue without using a mirror.

4. Flossing the inter-dental spaces is also very important after each meal because the toothbrush can not clean the hidden spaces between the teeth. I will talk about the flossing in another post). It is useful for everybody to know that flossing is an important part of the perfect oral hygiene.

5. Inter-dental brushes - are recommended when the spaces between the teeth are large and also for cleaning under fixed bridges.

6. Mouthwashes- are very good for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, as well as for fresh breath (we will talk about them later)

7. Brushing the tongue is also an important part of good oral hygiene. Tongue accumulates bacteria that can lead to bad breath or inflammation of gums. Daily brushing is very important. There are brushes that are specially designed for tongue brushing, but it can also be brushed with an ordinary toothbrush

8. Oral irrigators help clean up food debris from these mouth surfaces, which are difficult to access - these are the spaces between the teeth, as well as the tooth surfaces on the tongue and cheek surfaces of the molars.

Many people say that all this is quite complicated and they do not have enough time and the desire for so much brushing, flossing and rinsing.

My experience shows that when these people get complications, they change their point of view and start to follow each step to maintain good oral health. They even start to visit the dental office more often.

You can prevent this error. Please do not wait for the complications to appear before you start thinking about the health of your mouth as well as your overall health. Start now. Visit your dentist today.

Please have a look at my previous post: Preventive dentistry- the Priceless way 

And do not forget to SMILE.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Trenkova, DDM

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