Complete oral hygiene=optimum oral health results

While regular tooth brushing and flossing play an extremely important role in taking care of your teeth, using a mouthwash is equally important for ensuring optimum oral health.  Use of a good mouthwash helps take care of your gums while reducing your chances of developing oral problems like  gum disease or plaque-accumulation. Dentists also consider mouthwash as a home remedy for oral infections and minor tooth injuries.

Your Mouth Shouldn’t Smell Bad

Bad breath is a common problem that results either from eating the wrong foods or because of an underlying oral problem. Whatever the case, bad breath is embarrassing and should be avoided at all costs. However because of certain commitments and temporary oral concerns like sensitivity, it isn’t possible to brush your teeth on a frequent basis. And this is where a mouthwash comes in handy.

Cavity Protection

There are many people who experience problems like bad breath more often than others. The condition is more common among seniors. Dry mouth is one of the major causes of serious mouth infections while promoting the development of cavities. The active ingredients in mouthwashes play an important role in preventing a dry mouth by stimulating the production of natural saliva. And fluoride-based mouthwashes help fighting tooth cavities.



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Periodontitis is a serious infection of the gums that affects your soft tissue as well as bone supporting your teeth. The condition may eventually lead to tooth loss while increasing your chances of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Even though, periodontitis is quite common, it can be prevented in most cases. Since the culprit in many cases is poor oral health, regular tooth brushing, flossing and dental visits can play an important role in eliminating the risk of experiencing the condition.

The most common signs that indicate the presence of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Swelling or inflammation in your gums
  • The gums turn bright red or purple in color
  • Your gums might feel tender when you touch them
  • Your gums may pull away from the teeth
  • There could be new spaces that start showing up between your teeth
  • Your teeth or gums may get infected
  • You have bad breath
  • The mouth tastes bad
  • The teeth feel loose
  • Biting accompanies uncomfortable or unusual feelingIt is important to note that the typical color of gums in healthy state is firm and pale pink. If the gums are puffy or start bleeding often, it is recommended to consult your dentist straightaway.

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If you don’t know why your teeth are sensitive, it’s time to find answer to the following questions:

Are you brushing properly?

Did you know that poor tooth brushing can result in wearing down of your enamel with the dentin being exposed at the same time? It may also result in making your gums recede from the teeth.

What state are your gums in?

The state of your gums further worsens the situation. Once your gums start receding from the teeth, the root surface is also exposed.

Could it be a dental problem?

Your teeth may experience sensitivity because of tooth decay- especially in the region near your gumline. In some cases, inflammation in the gum tissue can also cause tooth sensitivity because of supporting ligaments that expose the surface of the root. Plaque buildup is yet another factor that contributes to tooth sensitivity.

What about teeth grinding?

If you clench or grind your teeth often, the enamel may start wearing down, which eventually exposes the underlying dentin.

Are your teeth cracked?

If you have chipped or broken teeth, the build up of plaque accelerates, and bacteria from the plaque may make their way into the pulp, causing inflammation and tooth sensitivity.

What did you have for lunch?

If you regularly have drinks or foods that contain acids, you have more chances of developing enamel erosion, which makes your teeth even more sensitive.


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When it comes to choosing toothpaste, the job can be really confusing- especially when you have a variety of toothpaste available in the market. So, when buying toothpaste, it is better to first consider your oral needs and then invest in the right product.

Fluoride-based toothpaste

Yes, fluoride is an essential element in any toothpaste. It doesn’t matter whether you use your toothpaste in gel, powder or paste form, what matter more is the fluoride content in the toothpaste and the ability of the toothpaste to clean your teeth and protect them from cavities.  Fluoride plays an important role in strengthening the enamel and fighting decay and toothpastes with the right amount of fluoride can be highly effective in removing stains, polishing the teeth and giving you a refreshing feeling.

Are your teeth sensitive?

If you have a problem of tooth sensitivity, you should consider using a desensitizing paste that contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride. These types of toothpastes take around four to six weeks to yield results, so have patience and consult your dentist in case of any problems with the use of the toothpaste.

Shouldn’t it offer tartar control?

If a toothpaste advertises “tartar control”, it means it contains pyrophosphate. Even though this agent hasn’t been proved to remove tartar, it has been found to be linked with reducing the formation of tartar.

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Good Brushing Techniques

by on March 29, 2012 | Posted in Oral Hygiene

Regular brushing of teeth is very important because it prevents tooth decay and gum diseases. Brushing removes the bacteria of dental plaque that promote tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing is a simple task but many people do not know how to do it correctly. Skipping around so much and rubbing so hard does not clean teeth, it actually damages the teeth and gums. No matter how good one brushes their teeth; some bacteria will always be left behind. The growth of dental plaque starts again the moment you stop brushing and remove the tooth brush from your mouth. You should be very careful to use proper tooth brushing techniques so that the percentage of bacteria left behind will be the lowest possible.

Teeth should be cleaned for at least two minutes twice a day. It is important to take short and delicate strokes as teeth are delicate organs which need soft and delicate handling. Especially if one is already facing any oral problem. Gum cleaning is as important as tooth cleaning. So it is very important that while brushing, at the same time gentle strokes must hit on the gums too. The toothbrush should haze extremely soft bristle so that it does not rupture your gum line and result to bleeding.

Below are different cleaning techniques for people of different age groups.

Scrubbing technique: This method is used by children below 9 years of age. The bristles should be soft with tasteful toothpaste so that they do not shirk from cleaning their teeth.

Bass technique: Kids between the ages of 10- 15 years are supposed to make circular movements so that an adequate massage can be provided to developing gums. This covers all the gums and teeth area and gives a completely clean mouth.

Roll technique: In this technique one is supposed to give short strokes towards the teeth surface from gum margin. It is said that improper following of this technique may lead to neglected gum margin clean out.

Charter’s method: In this technique, one has to place the brush partially over the gums and partially over the teeth. A vibrating effect is given to the brush in circular movements. This technique is very beneficial but difficult to learn thus it is unpopular.

The tongue should also be brushed to remove bacteria that cause bad breath. Use a tongue scrapper if you are uncomfortable with the brush. If you have a bad breath problem, brushing the roof of your mouth helps a lot.

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