Statistically, it is quite shocking that some people are still getting their oral hygiene wrong. A simple brush twice a day is not enough anymore, as has been proven, and especially as you get older and gaps reveal themselves more, making a perfect home for food to get lodged in and bacteria to fester. If you have any doubts about what you are using and how you are using it, then you should enlist the help of a hygienist to show you and set you on your way. Then it’s down to you to get yourself down to the shops and buy the stuff that is going to save your teeth in the long term. Your toothbrush should be first on your list. This may take a bit of time to get right as you need to get the right strength in the bristles to suit your mouth- you may even like to take the muscle out of your brush by buying electric and there are some crackers around on the market right now. Most toothpaste on the market carry some form of plaque busting ingredients and most, fluoride, but there are also variations on the theme for those of us with sensitive teeth or sore and delicate gums. Again trial and error is all you have to go on at first but you will get it right in the end. To back up your regime, you should enlist the help of dental floss and individual inter-dental brushes to get in and around the gaps in your teeth. And if you do have a delicate little mouth, herbal oils and remedies are soothing and good for the gums.
Archive for January, 2012
There are many strings to dentistry in the Wirral, whereby people specialize in various areas of the mouth- you can find someone to cover anything you want these days. One such specialist and pretty much an unsung hero behind the scenes at the dentists is the hygienist. Generally the dentist is there to do the basics for you such as x-rays, fillings and a bit of polishing and this should be enough for you if your teeth are in pretty good nick. But if your dentist feels that you need a really thorough clean of the teeth, they will refer you to the in-house hygienist. There role is to deep clean your teeth by getting below the gums a deep scaling and root planning, especially if you are showing the early signs of gum disease or periodontal disease. They will also give all the other areas of the teeth a thoroughly good going over before polishing your teeth to perfection. The reason being is that they are uniquely versed in everything to do with oral hygiene and they can also help to guide you on how to look after your teeth and protect them for the future. They can back this up by laying dental sealants over the surface of the teeth to prevent acids attacking the enamel and also apply fluoride as well to help re-mineralize the enamel too. Oh yes, these people are heroes in their own right.
One of the most uncomfortable, nay embarrassing conditions that can crop in your Merseyside mouth is that of bad breath and once you have identified that you have a problem, then you have to set about fighting it and it will be a fight. Firstly it is important to know just what condition your teeth and gums are in. Gum, tooth and periodontal disease normally lie behind the problem so you must get on board with your dentist and hygienist to put a stop to these getting out of control and then truly up your oral hygiene stakes by increased brushing and flossing each day, and use herbal oils to massage the gums with each day. Once you have got the hang of this, it is time to sit down, preferably with a hygienist and look at your lifestyle, because bad breath is not only caused by the above problems, it can also indicate that other parts of the body are going wrong too. Your diet must change for the better in order to increase your immune system so that the saliva levels in your mouth stay high and your mouth remains hydrated, as this is a very important element in the fight against bad breath. Of course you probably know what’s coming next. Smoking and excessive drinking can cause the mouth to dry up and if you can’t or don’t want to give up, you should do your utmost to at least cut down on your intake.
Neither Rome nor good oral hygiene can be built in a day! Good oral hygiene is something that should be practiced on a daily basis, for one’s lifetime. Your daily routine at home should include brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Flossing before you brush your teeth allows the fluoride from your toothpaste to reach more places in your mouth between your teeth. When flossing, take care not to snap the floss against your gums and floss in an up and down motion. When brushing, you need to use a good fluoride toothpaste recommended by your dentist. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles so that you do not hurt your gums and traumatize the soft tissues of your mouth. Change your toothbrush every three months. If you are already suffering from tooth decay or gum disease, you should change your toothbrush more frequently because bacteria will build up on the bristles much faster. While practicing good oral hygiene at home is important to your oral health, practicing good oral hygiene is not complete with out visiting your local dentist in Birkenhead at least twice a year for clean ups and check ups. Your dentist will be able to spot any early signs of dental diseases. When dental problems are caught at an early stage, treatment will be easier and less costly for you.
Occlusion simply means your bite, as in how your teeth fit together when you close your mouth. There are three factors that influence your occlusion: your teeth, your nerves and muscles, and the third, your bones. A person’s posture can also impact occlusion, but not as much as those three factors. Problems with occlusion are visible in people with cross bites, over bites, or under bites. In mild problems with occlusions, the issue is purely cosmetic and causes no harm to the oral health of an individual. People with cosmetic occlusion problems may still want to consult their dentists to perfect their smile for a boost in confidence and self esteem. In more severe cases, problems with occlusion can negatively impact one’s oral health and immediate attention should be sought from your local dentist in Bootle. People with bite problems may have visible signs of wear on the surface of their teeth. You may also notice that your gum line is receding, exposing more and more of your teeth. There may be erosion and notching on the root surfaces of your teeth and you may even experience fracturing or breaking of your teeth. If you experience any pain in the joint and muscles of your jaw, you should consult your dentist as quickly as possible. People with bite problems are likely to grind their teeth without even knowing.