If you want to ensure that your teeth are in perfect condition and are healthy and in good shape then it is necessary to get a regular dental teeth cleaning and a check up from a dental hygienist. The procedure can be done in just one sitting.
Our professionals at New Rochelle Dental Arts will make sure that all areas of your teeth, including the spaces between the teeth and below the gum line are kept clean and free from bacteria.
Our process of cleaning is a painless method, meaning that you will no longer need a local anesthetic. In some instances if there is a degree of gum injury or any gum problem, then the hygienist will apply something that numbs the area. Keeping the patient comfortable during the whole procedure is extremely important to us. .
A thorough dental cleaning involves the removal of plaque, then the polishing of the outer tooth as well as removing debris and plaque between the teeth. Once the cleaning is done at New Rochelle Dental Arts, you will see instant results.
The process of treating your teeth with a professional dental cleaning done on a regular basis will help prevent any dental problems and will keep your teeth healthy.
Why Oral Health Is Important
Dental or oral health is extremely important. This is especially true in modern times when we are exposed to just about all kinds of food as well as liquid substances that could degrade our teeth and gums. Seeing a dentist regularly is your assurance that you have good oral health and stay far away from life-threatening gum diseases.
The truth is that as long as you keep your teeth clean, visits to a dentist can be kept to a minimum. The problem is that many people take ordinary, everyday tasks such as brushing for granted.
How Often Should I Brush?
Many people are confused about this. This is because there are conflicting claims even among oral health experts as to brushing. Some experts recommend very frequent brushing. This means brushing after every meal and every time your teeth so much as come into contact with food. Of course, there are others who strongly disagree with this practice because it can result in degraded gums. So what should be the proper practice for you?
The reality is that this is actually based on your own oral health needs. Your teeth and gums need to be examined thoroughly by your dentist so that a proper recommendation can be made. In the absence of actual examination of your oral health, the safe practice is to brush your teeth at least twice a day. This means that you should brush your teeth at least once before you sleep to get rid of any plaque and other foreign materials. You may also brush your teeth one more time at any time of the day when you feel that your teeth might need cleaning.
How Do I Brush?
You have two choices when brushing. If you are lazy and want to do it properly, then you should probably buy an electric toothbrush. Electric brushes can be quite convenient because they will always use the proper stroke for brushing your teeth. Many people find it easier to thoroughly clean their teeth using an electric toothbrush. This is especially true for those hard to reach areas near the edge of the mouth. Also, some types of plaque can be very persistent and you might need a little bit of extra power in order to nudge them loose.
If you have sensitive teeth however, using an electric toothbrush may cause your gums to bleed very often. This is not very good for your dental health. For people with sensitive teeth, a toothbrush with soft bristles is a must. Furthermore, there is a specific technique that you should use for brushing your teeth.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Whatever you do, always make sure that you use fluoride toothpaste. The fact of the matter is that the brand is irrelevant. What is really important is that the toothpaste really contains fluoride. Check the label of your chosen toothpaste to ensure that it is fluoride toothpaste. If you suffer from bleeding gums often, you may need to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth. These are actually readily available on the market. You may find this hard to believe, but your problem is a lot more common than you might think.
Use a fluoride toothpaste that is at least 1350 PPM (parts per million) in terms of fluoride. Do not use special toothpaste for children. Instead, use the same toothpaste for adults but only with a pea-sized amount. Again, consult with your dentist as there may be special considerations in your case.
The Proper Brushing Technique
The next time that you see your dentist , you should ask him/her about this. In the past, the recommended brushing technique was to use small, circular strokes and slowly move from one tooth to the next. This is a fine brushing technique, but it is definitely not as effective as a more modern method. In recent times, a variation to the circular stroke technique is more highly recommended. What you should do is to first agitate the plaque that is stuck on your teeth with small, semi-circular strokes. After that however, you should actively work to get rid of the plaque that you have agitated. You do this by brush in a linear fashion and brushing the plaque directly away from your teeth. This should be done one by one.
Using the proper brushing technique at least once or twice a day is a lot more effective than lightly brushing with improper technique after every meal.
What Type of Manual Toothbrush Should I Use?
Again, this will depend on your dentist. Your teeth may have special considerations which require a particular type of toothbrush. For most people however, a small toothbrush with angled brushes that alternate between long and short bristles should be fine. Soft to medium brushes are most recommended. Hard brushes are only for special exceptions. If you have sensitive teeth, then you should definitely go for soft brushes.
Let It Stay
Many people like to rinse their mouths immediately after brushing. This helps to get rid of the taste of toothpaste which a lot of people don’t like or otherwise find uncomfortable. If you do this however, then you will be wasting all the fluoride in your toothpaste. The better practice is to allow the toothpaste to remain on your teeth for a little while after you brush. Rinsing your mouth immediately after brushing dampens the full effect of your fluoride toothpaste and prevents it from being as preventative of oral health problems as it could have. After you have used fluoride toothpaste or a mouthwash, do not drink or eat anything for at least 30 minutes. If you really do not like the taste of your toothpaste, you can then rinse out your mouth after this time period.
What is important is that you allow the fluoride to stay for a while and work its magic on your teeth.
Flossing isn’t like using a toothpick. It’s not just a method for getting rid of large particles of food that may become lodged in-between your teeth. Dentists recommend regular flossing together with brushing your teeth for good oral health. Many Americans are unaware of the proper flossing technique. First of all, you should floss in-between your teeth in an up and down stroke. Do not use your floss like a toothbrush and use it to dislodge food particles stuck on your teeth. Plaque that sticks to the front of your teeth should be taken care of via brushing. Use at least 8-10 strokes for each area in-between your teeth to make sure that you thoroughly cover everything.
Toothpicks Are Bad
Make no mistake about it, restaurants may make them available for your convenience but toothpicks are definitely bad for your teeth. Instead of using a toothpick, it is much healthier for your oral health to use soft interdental brushes. There are specific ways of using interdental brushes, but you may also instinctively use them as you would a dental floss or a toothpick. What is important is that they are effective for removing food stuck in between your teeth and they do not damage your gums or run the risk of infection like a toothpick.
Watch Your Sugar
Are you trying to lead a healthy lifestyle? You may have heard about how regulating your sugar and intake of white carbs can work wonders on your health. Well, the same is true for your oral health. Watch your sugar intake as sugar can definitely degrade your teeth. Sugar from sweets, pastries, and even soda can cause tooth decay. In fact, the government recommends that we should not consume more than 5% of our energy requirements from sugar.
Problem with Your Teeth?
Do you have a nagging problem with your teeth? It is best not to delay a visit to your dentist if this is the case. There are a wide range of treatments available for all kinds of oral health problems. Dentistry has really come a long way over the past decade. However, if your oral health is the least of your concerns, it could lead to more complications down the road if you delay your visit to the dentist and you feel that there might be a problem with your teeth. Permanent damage to your teeth and gums can definitely be prevented with early detection.
If you haven’t seen your dentist lately and you have no idea about when your next dental check-up would be, it is advisable to give him/her a visit at once. During the visit, your dentist should recommend when your next check-up will be. Do not forget this date.