Preventive Care on a regular basis is the only way to maintain healthy teeth and gums & avoiding common Dental problems like bad breath, tooth decay, gum disease, cavities etc. One should always go for a regular teeth checkup every 6 months for Adults & every 3 months for Kids.
The common Preventive Care Services include Professional Cleaning of teeth which includes the following:
Plaque is a sticky, invisible film which forms on the surface of teeth & is basically a colonization of bacteria, food particles, and saliva. These bacteria produce toxic material that causes gum inflammation or swelling. This inflammation is the start of Gum disease!
Calculus is basically hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special Dental instruments.
Removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and cleaning.
Considering the high cost of poor Dental Hygiene, including cavities, fillings, or a RCT, it makes much more sense to follow basic Dental care and hygiene tips and keeps your teeth healthy. Preventive care includes basic brushing and flossing, sealants, and regular visits to the dentist every six months & is much less expensive than having to pay for costly Dental treatment.
Have a Dental checkup at least every 6 months.
Brush at least twice a day with soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Use floss every day.
Use an interdental brush daily.
Use an anti-microbial mouth rinse to control gingivitis.
Use a topical application of fluoride for dry mouth.
If your gums bleed when you brush or eat see your dentist.
Smoking makes your gums worse, quit.
People with diabetes get gum disease more often.
Gum infections make it hard to control blood sugar.
Once a gum infection starts it takes a long time to heal it.
If the infection is severe, you can loose your teeth.
Natural teeth help you chew foods better and easier than dentures.
Check the fit of your dentures yearly to prevent sores.
Use a soft bristled brush, preferably one with rounded, synthetic
Replace your toothbrush approximately every two to three months or as soon
as the bristles are worn or bent. A worn-out toothbrush does not clean your
teeth properly, and may actually injure your gums.
You should also replace your toothbrush after you have had a cold.
Be sure your brush is the right size (in general, smaller is better than
Place the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, and slide the
tips of the brush under the gums.
Gently jiggle the bristles or move it in small circles over the tooth and
Brush the outside, the inside, and the chewing surfaces of your teeth. For
chewing surfaces, use a light back and forth motion.
For the front teeth, brush the inside surfaces of the upper and lower
jaws: Tilt your brush vertically and make several strokes up and down with the
front part of the brush over the teeth and gum tissues.
Brushing your tongue will help freshen your breath. Debris and bacteria
can collect on your tongue and cause bad breath.
Since your toothbrush will only clean one or two teeth at a time, change
its position to clean each tooth properly.
Brush at least twice every day, preferably after breakfast & at bedtime.
Adding a brush time after breakfast increases your chances of thorough daily
Don not brush your teeth too vigorously, and don not use a hard bristled
toothbrush, since it causes the gums to recede and exposes root surfaces. It
also wears down the tooth structure. Both of these conditions can lead to
A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste is sufficient.
Replace your brush when the bristles begin to spread, as a worn out
toothbrush will not properly clean your teeth.
Wrap about 18 inches of floss around the middle fingers of your hands.
Hold the floss tightly, using your thumbs and forefingers, and gently
guide it between your teeth.
Don not "snap" the floss as this can cut the gums!
When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C-shape against one
tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth until
you feel pressure against the tooth.
Gently scrape the side of the tooth with the floss.
Repeat this method on all your teeth.
Move to a clean area of floss after one or two teeth.
If permanent teeth are knocked out, there is an excellent chance that they
will survive if they are immediately placed back in the tooth socket and Dental
advice is sought straight away. Every minute the tooth is out of the socket, the
less chance it has of surviving.
First aid for permanent teeth knocked out -
Handle the tooth by the crown not the root.
Gently rinse the tooth in milk or normal saline solution if it has debris on
it. Rinse for a few seconds only.
Replace the tooth in its socket, if the person is conscious - make sure it is
facing the right way around.
Hold the tooth in place with some foil or by getting the victim to gently
bite on a handkerchief.
Contact your dentist immediately.
If you can not put the tooth in its socket Wrap it in glad wrap or store it
in milk or normal saline solution.
Do not try and clean the tooth with vigorous scrubbing or cleaning agents.
You should not attempt to put a milk tooth back in its socket as it may fuse
to the socket, which leads to difficulties when it is time for the tooth to be
shed. It may damage the permanent tooth underneath the socket.
Start brushing your childs teeth as soon as they come in.
Brush your childs teeth for the first 4 to 5 years until your child seems
able to do it alone.
A good teaching method is to have your child brush in the morning and you
brush at night until your child masters the skill.
- Start flossing your childs teeth as soon as they touch each other.
Avoid high-sugar foods, especially sticky, sweet foods like taffy and
raisins. The longer sugar stays in touch with your teeth, the more damage it can
do. Don not snack before bedtime. Food is more likely to cause cavities at night
because saliva doesnt clean the mouth as well at night.
Cheeses, peanuts, yogurt, milk and sugar-free gum are good for your teeth.
They can help clear the mouth of harmful sugars and reduce plaque formation.
If your local water supply does not contain enough fluoride, your child may
need a fluoride supplement.
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