Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Dental Issues - Answered!
1. First, make sure to use a soft bristled brush. Hard bristled brushes can wear down the enamel of your teeth.
2. Place your brush at a 45 degree angle to your gumline. Bristles should contact both the tooth surface and the gumline.
3. Use very short back and forth strokes to brush your teeth. Each movement should massage the gums at the same time it brushes the teeth.
4. Make sure to use gentle strokes while brushing. Gentle strokes are effective in removing plaque, while too much pressure can wear down the enamel of your teeth and cause recession of the gums.
5. Brush all surfaces of each tooth, including the outer, inner, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth while massaging the gums.
6. Finally, do not cut your brushing time short! Make sure to brush for at least 2 - 3 minutes.
1. Take 18" of floss and wind it around the middle finger of each hand .You can use these fingers to take up floss as it becomes used. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the floss, leaving 1-2 inches in between your fingers for cleaning the spaces between your teeth.
3. As you move the floss into the space between two teeth, slide it up and down against the surface of one tooth. Gently clean under the gumline as well. Repeat this for the adjoining tooth.
4. Repeat this process for all of your teeth.
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that hold your teeth in place. Typically, periodontal disease occurs when plaque builds up on the teeth and hardens forming calculus or tartar. This is often due to poor brushing habits or difficult to reach areas due to malpositioned teeth. The gums can become swollen and red in the early stage of the disease, called gingivitis. As the disease advances, periodontal disease can lead to bleeding gums, halitosis or bad breath and the destruction of the supporting bone ultimately resulting in loss of teeth.
- Gums that bleed while brushing and/or flossing.
- Red, swollen or tender gums.
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth.
- Bad breath that does not go away.
- Pus between your teeth and gums.
Teeth that begin to separate creating gaps.
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
A change in the fit of partial dentures.
Development of an abscess.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-office teeth whitening works by producing a significant color change in your teeth in short amount of time, usually within an hour. The procedure is done at the dentist's office applying a high-concentration peroxide gel on the teeth after they have been protected with a special shield.
Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Whitening Kits
These whitening kits are purchased from your doctor for use at home. The strength of the gel used in these kits is lower than that used for in-office bleaching, and thus the gel can be applied for longer periods of time. Usually the trays are worn a couple hours a day or overnight for a few days or weeks depending on the product.
Over the Counter Whitening
Over the counter teeth whitening kits are store-bought and use a lower concentration gel than both in-office bleaching and take-home kits purchased from your doctor. While they are less expensive, they typically are less effective than methods that can be performed by your dentist because of the low concentration gel. Additionally, over the counter trays are not custom fit for your teeth, which can result in irritation to your gums while wearing the trays and inconsistent whitening.
Regardless of the cause of your bad breath, good oral hygiene and regular checkups to the dentist will help reduce the problem. Brushing and flossing will eliminate particles of food stuck between your teeth which emit odors. It will also help prevent or treat periodontal disease (gum disease), caused by plaque buildup on your teeth, which can lead to bad breath. Dentures should be properly cleaned and soaked overnight in antibacterial solution (unless otherwise advised by your dentist). Finally, make sure to brush your tongue regularly to eliminate any residue and plaque build up..