Cleaning teeth and removing oral biofilm that forms on the teeth is an essential part of oral hygiene and prevention of oral diseases such as cavities (tooth decay) and gum disease (gingivitis and periodontal disease). Both oral diseases may lead to tooth loss if not prevented. Technique is important in performing oral hygiene but also the tools that we use play a big part in this task. Just like around the house correct tools can help you to reach hidden places that normally would stay untouched. The same applies to the hidden areas for example around back teeth, bridges or implant work. Investing in a good vacuum can make all the difference when cleaning your rugs; the same thought should be given when shopping for a toothbrush. An electric toothbrush, while a seemingly large expense, can really elevate the quality of your daily oral hygiene and possibly prevent the need for dental treatment. Changing the tooth-brush head every 2-3 months is also important for the tooth brush to do an effective job. For interproximal (or in between teeth) cleaning there are also a variety of tools available: (tooth picks, interproximal or interdental brushes, dental floss (waxed, non waxed), gum stimulators (GUM® Stimulator, Perio-Aid) or tongue scrapers.
Using the Waterpik or Water Flosser may improve oral hygiene and be twice as effective as dental floss at removal of bacteria that lies deep between teeth and below the gum line. Adding antimicrobial agents into your Water Flosser will aid in efficacy and add a therapeutic effect. Still, Water Flossers do not replace floss alone. Choose the right dental floss and have your dental hygienist or doctor review your technique to assure you are flossing correctly and achieving the goal.
Bacterial biofilm or dental plaque forms on the teeth and if left undisturbed, will become harmful with time. If not removed within 48 hours the bacteria on the teeth hardens and then can only be removed by your dentist or dental hygienist during a professional cleaning.
Dental Nd:YAG lasers such as PerioLase MVP-7 used on hygiene disinfection setting during professional dental cleanings can remove significantly more bacteria from gum tissues then professional cleaning alone and help to manage inflammation contributing to overall health.
Here are 3 takeaway messages on how to keep your teeth and gums at their best:
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