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WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DON’T BRUSH?

Can you relate yourself to this? Does your busy schedule not give you time to take care of your teeth? Then YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

 

All dentists, our dear moms included, advocate brushing your teeth and that too TWICE A DAY! So, why is brushing so important? What happens if you don’t brush?

 

Imagine this – your face gets smeared with a very tasty chocolate cake at your birthday party. You wash it off, but only with water. Does your face feel clean? Do you feel a sticky layer all over your face? Well this is what happens when you eat food. A sticky, sugary layer gets formed, which acts as fodder for the various bacteria in your mouth (there are about 600 types!).

 

Now, when we don’t brush, this bacteria harbouring layer- called plaque, persists. The bacteria in plaque produce acids which cause dissolution of tooth structure and thus cavities. Also, they cause inflammation in gums – gingivitis – which leads to bleeding, bad breath and other gum problems. The more you avoid brushing the worse the condition becomes, ultimately leading to loose teeth, infection and tooth loss.

 

But brushing isn’t just about healthy gums or preventing cavities.

“The mouth is the doorway to your body’s overall health.” Bacteria developing there can invade other systems in your body. There’s mounting evidence that shows an association between poor dental hygiene and a wide variety of serious conditions that you would never suspect, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer.

So, brushing and flossing regularly seems a small price to pay for better health, sweater breath and a sparkling smile.

It’s recommended that you brush twice a day for 2minutes, floss once a day and visit a dentist at least once a year.

Continue reading our blog to know the right way of brushing and flossing.

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PROFESSIONAL DENTAL CLEANING (SCALING) – A GENUINE NEED OR THE BIGGEST SHAM?

Does your dentist say“you need to get cleaning done” every time you visit? Do you wonder then, whether it’s beneficial or just another gimmick to add to the bill? Is it a genuine need or is it as some feel, the biggest sham propagated by dentists?

The fact is that tooth cleaning or scaling as we call it in medical jargon, is nothing but removal of deposits from the tooth surface. These deposits may not be visible to you but can be clearly detected by your dentist. Look at the image below

Teeth are squeaky clean on the outside. But the inside (seen in the mirror) shows the real dirt.

If not removed, these deposits lead to tender, swollen or bleeding gums (gingivitis) and at times sensitivity. So, it is a necessary and beneficial treatment. But is it required repeatedly?

Well, a few minutes after brushing, a very thin layer made up of saliva, proteins, and bacteria (also called the pellicle) is formed on the tooth surface which acts as a base for bacterial attachment and growth. Within a few hours the accumulation of various species of bacteria along with sugar from the food we eat results in formation of a pale yellow or white sticky substance known as dental plaque.

Plaque formation on the teeth is a continuous process. If it is not removed within 10-14 hours by brushing, it mineralizes into calculus or tartar. Calculus once formed cannot be removed by brushing and has to be removed professionally – by scaling.

The tendency for these deposits to form depends on various factors like diet, quality/quantity of saliva formed, oral hygiene habits etc. These factors vary from person to person and so, even though you may be brushing twice daily, you may still require regular cleaning.

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET IT DONE?
Improper brushing habits/technique, irregularly placed teeth, smoking, tobacco chewing, salivary and dietary factors all contribute to repeated formation of plaque and calculus. Thus, some persons may require periodic scaling.

Most dentists recommend a twice a year routine. But, if you maintain your oral hygiene exceptionally well, then you may need to get it done once in a year/s.

At Dentedge we monitor your oral hygiene for the first 6 mos.-1 yr after your first cleaning session is completed. Depending on your individual need, you are advised on how often you require scaling to be done. The golden rule is to have a routine dental check up every 6 months.

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ARE YOU BRUSHING AWAY YOUR TEETH? : 5 Easy steps to Proper Brushing

From the last blog you know Why to brush. Now learn How To Brush. Because even though it’s the most ingrained of all health habits, and most of us brush regularly, but we Don’t brush properly.

There are so many first timers who come in and tell me – “Doc, I brush regularly twice, sometimes thrice a day then why do ‘I’ still have dental issues. I Hate having to go to dentists every few months!!!!”  My simple answer is “your methods are overzealous and incorrect”.

So first, let me tell you what happens when you attack your teeth every morning!

  1. Erosion/Abrasion of tooth structure.

This occurs because of vigorous, horizontal brushing.

It can create cavities on the outer surfaces, which are highly sensitive and if left untreated would reach the nerves causing extreme pain and/or infections.

 

  1. Injury to gums.

While proper brushing massages your gums, incorrect methods can injure them. This causes them to recede (go down) thereby creating spaces between your teeth.

 

These spacesare prone to “food getting stuck”, which again is a major cause for cavities and periodontal problems(gum disease).

 

This happens because of overzealous brushing. You may have no cavities, no gum problems but still your teeth would feel sensitive because constant excessive brushing removes the top layer (enamel) of the teeth.

The worst part is that these damages are NOT reversible and you would require professional dental treatments for correction.

Here are 5 Easy steps to help you get it right!

  1. Choose The Right Brush
    1. Use one with soft bristles, unless your dentist recommends otherwise.
    2. Small head is preferable as it can reach right up to the last molars.
    3. Change your brush if the bristles start to fray or once in three months, whichever is earlier.
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    Brush the outer and inner surfaces of teeth.

Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gum line and sweep or roll the brush away from the gum line.

Use short gentle strokes and systematically brush 2-3 teeth at a time, starting with the outer surface of upper and then the lower teeth. Repeat the same on the inner surfaces.

DO NOT Brush Horizontally.

 

  1. Brush the chewing surfaces

Place the brush perpendicular to the chewing surface of molars and work the brush in an in-and-out motion. Repeat on each corner of your mouth

 

 

 

  1. Flossing or Interdental Brushing

It cleans the areas where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. However, Don’t force the floss or brush between teeth, be easy and gentle.

 

 

  1. Clean The Tongue and Rinse

Gently clean the tongue with a tongue cleaner or your brush (don’t press too hard) to get rid of bacteria on your tongue.

 

Some dentists recommend you wait a while before rinsing so as to improve the efficacy of any medicated paste prescribed.

 

Whether you wait or not, Do Not Swallow your toothpaste. Rinse off properly

You may choose to finish up with a mouth wash or warm saline rinse (optional).

Brush for 2-3minutes and use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Remember more time, more paste or more force does not mean better cleaning!

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Here are some Dental Care Home Remedies for you

Almost every household do have a well-equipped first aid kit to deal with minor injuries and for common emergencies. Everybody strives to be healthy and for that you should be prepared for all emergencies i.e. of your body and dental.  Now it’s the time to broaden your knowledge about dental emergency tool kit. So you can smile while you still have teeth! As you know we care.

Today we will talk about some effective home remedies, you can have to avoid dental emergencies.

Have you ever heard your grandparents or even your parents telling you the great glory of their older days?Yes, you had…Trust me.

HOME REMEDY FOR DENTAL EMERGENCIES

Not at all times it’s great to use them but yes, if you don’t have access to medicines they can come in handy but you are advised to visit your dentist in severe conditions. And you know the place where you can find them …….Yes, it’s your Kitchen.

1.Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil can help you againstyour toothache. Just apply some oil over the affected area. It will kill the bacteria and relief you, by slowing your tooth decay.

2.Ginger: It can helpin reducing cavity formation and it is efficient in treating bacterial infection.

3.Clove oil: Clove oil helps against toothache pain. Specifically, it will help you if you are having pain in your sensitive nerve of your teeth.

4.Ice pack: Just run to your refrigerator and pick some ice andwrap them in a piece of cloth and place it on the pain area.

5.Lemon: As a great source of vitamin c it’s a powerful antioxidant which fight against infection and helps to reduce gum bleeding.

 

 

There are also some other items you can put in your kit like plastic tweezers, dental floss, cotton, gauze,  gloves, temporary cements and any other item which you consider suitable as per your medication. You can also keep a manual with your tool kit.

A smile is an indication that you are happy, and it comes when you havehealthy teeth to flaunt. Take care of them and be confident always. Our DENTEDGEDENTAL CLINIC wants you to have a healthy mouth and wants you to be in pink of your health and we are always here to help you.

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