Oral hygiene/dental hygiene means the overall maintenance of the mouth, gums and teeth. It includes daily maintenance at home as well as regular dental checkups and professional teeth-cleaning treatments. Just as it is important for you to brush and floss your teeth regularly, it is equally important that you get professional cleanings done from your dentist/dental hygienist. This is the best way of keeping your natural teeth for years to come.
How to Brush
(1) Begin with the right equipment – a soft bristled toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. If the bristles on your toothbrush are bent or frayed, buy a new one. A worn-out brush won’t clean your teeth properly.
(2) While brushing the outside surfaces of your teeth, position the brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. Gently move the brush in a side to side motion several times using small, gentle strokes.
(3) When you are done cleaning the outside surfaces of all your teeth, follow the same directions while cleaning the inside surfaces.
(4) Next you will clean the biting surfaces of your teeth.
If you have any pain while brushing or have any questions about how to brush properly, please be sure to visit the dentist.
How to Floss
Periodontal disease usually appears between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. Flossing is a very effective way to remove plaque from those surfaces. However, it is important to develop the proper technique. The following instructions will help you, but remember it takes time and practice.
(1) To clean the teeth, hold the floss tightly between the thumb and forefinger of each hand. Gently insert the floss tightly between the teeth. Do not force the floss or try to snap it in to place. Bring the floss to the gum line then curve it into a C-shape against one tooth. Slide the floss up and down until you meet light resistance.
(2) Remember there are two tooth surfaces that need to be cleaned in each space. Continue to floss each side of all the teeth. As the floss becomes soiled, move it to a fresh section.
(3) After brushing and flossing rinse well. Do not be alarmed if during the first week of brushing and flossing your gums bleed or are a little sore. If your gums hurt while flossing you could be doing it too hard or pinching the gum. As you floss daily and remove the plaque your gums will heal and the bleeding should be reduced.
The Oral Hygiene Process
Regardless of how religiously and meticulously you brush & floss every day, over time there will be a build-up of calculus on the teeth. As this calculus builds under the gum line, bacteria begin invading the area and can lead to a range of dental problems. Your dental hygienist will ensure that this calculus build-up is eliminated. This helps in maintaining optimum oral health.
Maintaining Oral Health
Our Dentists are experts at scraping away all the hard plaque & in removing calculus deposits by ultrasonic scaler, which is most advanced technique used now a days. We take x-rays for and will check thoroughly for dental decay, tumors, cysts or changes in the bone-support of the teeth.
Once the cleaning of teeth is finished, we will examine your gums and teeth for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. We recommend that patients should visit the dentist 2 times every year. This goes a long way in promoting good oral health.
We recommend you to visit us:
Mumbai Dental Clinic- Cosmetic & Implant Centre