Why oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) is important:
Plaque is a colorless film that forms constantly in your mouth and sticks to your teeth at the gum line. Left uncheck to collect on teeth, it can cause a variety of periodontal diseases resulting in severe damage to teeth, gums and jaw structures, as well as extensive and costly reparative dental work.
The good news being, preventing constant plaque buildup often comes down to consistent, proper brushing and flossing. If you have any questions about structuring an appropriate oral hygiene regimen, we encourage you to read the tips detailed below and call us today at (905) 8762747 or (905) 87OASIS.
Dr. Anil Rick Soordhar and Dr. Sunil Vick Soordhar recommend brushing with a soft toothbrush positioned to meet the teeth and gumline at a 45 degree angle. Use small, gentle strokes in a circular motion to brush the outside surfaces of your teeth a light degree of pressure with the bristles between the teeth, but not enough to cause discomfort.
Follow a similar pattern to clean the inside surfaces, but hold the brush vertically to clean surrounding gum tissue and upper and lower front teeth with several gentle back and forth strokes over each tooth.
Use the same short, gentle strokes to clean the biting surfaces, changing the brush position as necessary to clean all surfaces. Finish up by rinsing vigorously to remove any lingering plaque that your brushing should have loosened.
With the right technique, flossing very effectively removes plaque from between the teeth where it propagates away from your toothbrush’s reach.
There is definitely a proper technique, however. Start with a piece of waxed floss about 18” long, mostly wrapped lightly around the middle finger of one hand with the rest wrapped around the middle finger of the other.
Hold the floss lightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand to clean the upper teeth. Insert the floss gently but tightly between the teeth and move it with a back and forth motion, but avoid forced the floss in or “snapping” it into place. After you bring it to the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth and slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until you feel light resistance. Continue flossing each side of all upper teeth by moving the floss up and down on the side of each tooth, making sure to clean both tooth surfaces in each space and taking care not to cut the gum tissue between teeth.
Clear your mouth of loosened plaque and food particles with a vigorous water rinse. Your gums may bleed or remain slightly sore during the first week of regular flossing don’t panic. This is fairly common, though pain in your gums while flossing may suggest you are flossing too hard or pinching the gum. The bleeding should cease and your gums should heal as daily flossing removes plaque buildup.
Additionally, many dental treatments may leave your teeth sensitive to hot and cold. Patients who keep their mouths clean find that this doesn’t last long. However, neglecting proper hygiene may cause persistent sensitivity that could worsen over time. Your dentist may be able to recommend a medicated toothpaste or mouth rinse formulated to comfort sensitive teeth.
“High tech” electronic and automatic toothbrushes have been proven to clean teeth more safely and effectively than ordinary brushes for most patients. An oral irrigator, meanwhile, may rinse your mouth more thoroughly but won’t necessarily remove plaque.
The most effective strategies combine proper daily brushing and flossing with irrigators. Also, tiny interproximal toothbrushes can effectively reach spaces between teeth that ordinary brushes can’t reach. Use them with caution after consulting your dentist, though: used improperly, they can injure the gums further.
Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses, if used in conjunction with brushing and flossing, can reduce tooth decay as much as 40 per cent. Remember, these rinses are not recommended for children under six years of age. Tartar control toothpastes will reduce tartar above the gum line, but do not address tartar that builds up below it, where periodontal diseases often start.
Many antiplaque rinses approved by the American Dental Association contain agents that may help bring early gum disease under control. Use these in conjunction with brushing and flossing.
Dentinal hypersensitivity can be caused by gum recession. The exposure of the nerve endings on the root surface can lead to tooth sensitivity to cold and hot. A high fluoride tooth paste, such as Sensodyne or Prevident 5000, can help reduce or eliminate dentinal hypersensitivity.
Daily brushing and flossing will keep dental calculus to a minimum, but a professional cleaning will remove calculus in places your toothbrush and floss have missed. Your visit to our office is an important part of your program to prevent gum disease. Keep your teeth for your lifetime.