Everyone wants beautiful smile with shiny, stain free teeth. To achieve that, you visit dentist for professional cleaning but with time lot of stains and tartar deposits accumulated over teeth. So, after professional cleaning are you doing enough to maintain that beautiful teeth or you go back to the routine things you still think is good. Is it giving you good results ?
The professional cleaning of teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is needed periodically to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. So, you have to get it done to prevent the likelihood of gum diseases. In between routine cleanings, good oral hygiene at home is very important to prevent tarter build-up and to maintain gum health.
The purpose of the everyday cleaning is basically to keep the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them and you have a better chance of keeping the teeth clean during your regular home care. There are different aids to achieve and maintain the teeth cleaning. You must be using few of them but try the new ones to get amazing benefits.
Toothbrush has small head with bristles with long handle. It removes food particles and plaque. Available in variety of bristle hardness as soft, medium or hard. Most preferred ones are soft and medium as produce less gum trauma. It is advised to clean teeth twice a day with a toothbrush and try to clean all the surfaces of teeth. Manual is very common but now a days another option is available – Electric toothbrush.
Manual or Electric :
They’re both good, as long as you brush all the surfaces of your teeth. Both are well efficient in performance but electric toothbrush gives a edge to this everyday oral hygiene maintenance.
- It easier to clean teeth thoroughly with an electric toothbrush for anyone with limited mobility such as arthritis, disabilities.
- Electric toothbrush bristles vibrate or rotate to help in removing plaque from your teeth and gums. The vibration allows for more micro-movements every time you move your toothbrush across your teeth.
- Presence of timer in electric toothbrush can help you brush your teeth long enough to sufficiently remove plaque.
- It is fun for kids as vibrations make it more interesting and timer can help in monitoring them.
Tips to choose toothbrush :
- Toothbrush with a small, medium head preferred.
- Round-end bristles compared to flat end is better. You can check with the tip of finger whether bristles are soft at edge.
- Medium or soft bristles are best for gum health as they are less traumatic and flexible enough to clean teeth surfaces efficiently.
So, You can choose your toothbrush more efficiently and can take care of your oral hygiene in a better way.
Small pea amount of toothpaste helps in cleaning teeth when used with toothbrush. Flavouring agents present in toothpaste gives a fresh lingering feeling and foam production helps in smooth gliding of toothbrush over teeth. Hence, it’s a very important aid. Besides that toothpaste with fluoride helps to protect and harden the enamel over the teeth. There are multiple brands available with their specific features. You can choose as per your needs.
Tips to choose toothpaste :
- Adults should use a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride.
- As per specific needs like sensitivity, gum problems, specific brands available which can reduce sensitivity or gum problem. So, pay attention while choosing the toothpaste.
- Children aged below 6 should use a pea sized blob of lower strength of fluoride children’s toothpaste as per advised by dentist.
- Children under the age of 3 should use just a smear of toothpaste or not.
- Make sure children don’t lick or eat toothpaste from the tube and should always be monitored.
They are small brush specifically designed to clean between your teeth where regular toothbrush unable to reach. With small bristled heads, they are available in different widths to suit the sizes of the gaps present in between teeth.
Interdental brushes help to prevent gum disease by cleaning pieces of food stuck in the gums and plaque from the side surfaces of teeth.
They are more efficient in cleaning as compared to floss in bigger size gaps present in between teeth.
The interdental brush should be either loose Or fit snugly in-between the teeth. Never force a wide size brush in medium size gap as it can cause gum trauma.
If you are new to use this brush, learn to use it with the help of tips, tutorial Or dentist. It’s a little bit difficult in early stages but once you learn it, you will be more efficient in cleaning. If gum trauma occurs while use, don’t use it for few days till gum heals and let it recover. Be gentle while using it.
Floss is a thin filament of cord which looks like a thread. Floss is an excellent interdental aid to clean and removing food stuck between your teeth, which reduces the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth. It is advisable to use it everyday for good gum health. It is more efficient in normal and small size gaps between teeth due to gum recession.
Some people have a routine of brushing their teeth first and then flossing. However, it is generally recommended to floss and then brush your teeth to remove dislodged food particles.
Types of floss :
- It is available in waxed form (thin nylon strand) Or unwaxed form (standard size, flavoured).
- It is available in thread form and disposable picks with handle for easy maneuver. You can choose any of them.
- Electric flosser : It’s a new option available in floss. It has thin strand which vibrates in oscillating motion. It can easily remove food but should be careful as may produce gum trauma on overuse.
- Another option is Water flosser, which uses water with pressure to remove plaque and food from gaps between the teeth. It’s a great option if you have trouble using normal floss. Very easy to use and very kind to gums.
Now you can start using floss but try them first to know which one is best and comfortable for you. Water and Electric flosser are easy to use than regular one but regular one are cheap and easy to carry everywhere.
Mouthwash is a liquid used as oral rinses due to it’s antiseptic nature. It kills bacteria and reduce the plaque formation, bad breath. It is very effective to enhance oral hygiene. Mouthwash offers the benefit of reaching areas not easily accessed by a toothbrush.
Regular use of mouthwash significantly reduce bad breath with additional benefit of reducing the risk of gum disease and cavities
Using a mouthwash does not replace regular brushing and flossing. On regular use, it may significantly contribute to tooth staining for which a professional cleaning will be required. So, use it in a limited way. Mouthwash is not recommended for children younger than 6 years of age as may swallow large amount of mouthwash.
These are the options available to maintain your oral hygiene at home efficiently. By making a proper daily routine, formation of plaque and tartar can be reduced. Learn to use them and with time it will be easy. So, keep your teeth, gums healthy and smile !
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