Flossing is an essential oral health practice. When you brush your teeth correctly and consistently, a lot of dental plaque is removed. However, there are some areas that your toothbrush is not able to reach no matter how hard you try – e.g. in-between your teeth. Therefore, you need to apply floss on such areas to get rid of plaque properly.
Flossing does more than getting rid of plaque from the areas of your teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. It also helps to put bad breath under control, polish the surfaces of your tooth, and gets rid of debris that stick to the teeth and gum.
Achieving Effective Flossing
For flossing teeth to be effective, it is recommended that you do it daily, at least once every day. Also, it should last for about 2 – 3 minutes each time. Also, you must floss correctly.
Choosing Your Floss
Your choice of floss should be one that you are very comfortable using. The type of floss you use does not matter, the most important thing is for you to floss and achieve the oral benefits of flossing. One of the best ways to fight plaque and the oral issues that come with it is regular and consistent flossing.
The varieties of dental floss to choose from include;
• wide and regular Flossing Techniques for Adults
Usually, a dentist would demonstrate flossing methods for you to follow. There are various flossing methods, and any of the under-listed methods can be used by an adult;
• The Loop Technique: This flossing technique is also referred to as the circle method. To begin, take a piece of floss about 18 inches, then knot it in a circle securely. Subsequently, place your entire fingers within the loop, with the exception of your thumb. Next, direct the floss through your lower teeth using the index finger, while directing the floss through your upper teeth with the thumbs; ensure that you exceed the gumline, until a ‘C’ shape is formed on the tooth’s sides.
• The Spool Technique; another name for the spool method is the finger-wrap method. To start flossing with this technique, get a piece of floss ready, the same length used in the loop method (18 inches). Taking hold of the floss, wrap each side lightly around your middle fingers several times.
Subsequently, manipulate the floss in-between your teeth tactfully while your index fingers and thumbs assume an upward and downward motion. Ensure that the motion is not side-to-side. The most excellent way is to make the floss go up and down, going beyond the gumline, and eventually assuming a ‘C’ shape on each tooth’s side.
More Flossing Tips or how to floss teeth
If you are just starting out to floss, flossing tools like the floss holder or a prethreaded flosser could be quite helpful; this is also the case with someone trying to floss a child or disabled person’s teeth. Again, those suffering limited dexterity either on their hands or arms will find dental floss tools (e.g. floss holder) quite useful.
Bear in mind that flossing and tooth brushing cannot be substituted with irrigating devices like toothpicks. Irrigating devices could possibly work well around braces that keep back food particles, or sections of the teeth that cannot be reached with a toothbrush. However, the fact remains that they are not able to get rid of plaque, and therefore cannot substitute flossing and brushing.
As part of dental hygiene routine, flossing is a practice of using a piece of dental floss – about 18-20 inches long to get rid of food remains or particles between the teeth. Flossing should accompany tooth brushing to help get rid of plaque that the toothbrush alone could not remove completely. Flossing cannot substitute tooth brushing; so ensure that you brush your teeth daily and also floss at least once every day.
If you are not flossing regularly and consistently, you are endangering your oral health. Food particles and plaque hiding out between your teeth and below your gumline can cause tooth decay or gum disease over time if not removed.
Therefore, flossing is not optional as many people erroneously believe, it is a necessary aspect of oral hygiene that should be adhered to properly.
Your oral health must be at optimum always; therefore floss and brush your teeth always, and visit your dentist regularly.
Dentures can change a person’s life for the better, making it easier to eat and improving a person’s smile. However, while dentures are a durable dental appliance that should provide years of use, there are some things that can happen to make a denture no longer fit properly. A poor fitting denture can make eating and even talking uncomfortable and lead to soreness and injury in the mouth. Here is a look at some of things that can cause an ill-fitting denture.
Over time, a person’s jawbone may begin to deteriorate due to missing teeth. While wearing dentures can help to prevent this, some change may still occur. As the jawbone deteriorates, it will change the shape of the mouth causing dentures to no longer fit properly. Even without missing teeth, the jaw’s shape and size may change over time due to normal changes related to aging. These changes can also cause a denture to no longer fit. Gum disease can also cause swelling and other changes in the structure of the mouth and cause problems with the fit of a denture.
Other Health Problems
A variety of health issues can develop in the mouth and cause a denture to not match the mouth. Health problems can also cause sore spots in the mouth that make it uncomfortable to wear the dentures as the denture may press against a sore place in the mouth. Calluses can even develop under a denture that moves slightly. As the callus becomes larger, it can cause the denture to fit more poorly and become uncomfortable.
Over time, dentures can wear or break. A worn denture can become too flexible causing it to move inside the mouth. A broken denture will likewise cause the denture to fit poorly. A denture that is not properly cared for can develop deposits on the surface of the denture that can cause the denture to not lay flat against the mouth.
Regardless of the cause of an ill-fitting denture, the solution to the problem is to visit a dentist to have a dental checkup and to have the denture inspected. The dentist can determine the cause of the problem and the proper course of action to make a correction. In most cases, a simple relining of the denture can be performed to make the denture fit the natural changes in the mouth. In the event of more serious changes, a new denture may be needed to correct the problem. If a health problem is causing the denture to fit improperly, the dentist can address this problem as well.
If you or someone you know has a denture that no longer fits well, contact us to see how we can help.
Often times there is not a fundamental understanding how cavities are formed and how they can be prevented.
So I want to take a moment and quickly discuss how a cavity is formed.
It all starts with a substance we call plaque. Plaque is a sticky, invisible film that builds up on your teeth, between your teeth, on your gums, and under your gums.
Plaque can be removed by brushing your teeth and flossing and by your hygienist when you visit every 6 months. If the plaque is left alone, it will combine with bacteria from the food you eat and beverages you drink and form an acid that eats away at your teeth.
Eventually, this acid can destroy enough of the tooth to create the dreaded cavity! Again the easiest way to prevent this is by brushing your teeth and flossing and by having hygienist clean your teeth every 6 months. This makes sure that both the plaque and the food buildup are removed regularly so that evil acid can’t form.
If you do however get a dental cavity and don’t get it treated it can lead to an abscessed tooth. For the average person, if you have an abscess, or infected, tooth, you should get in contact with your local dentist immediately.
But some of you out there are a little more strong willed and take drugs to minimize the pain just so you don’t have to go to the family dentist. Let me tell you now, if you do that, things may only get worse. The dental infection in your tooth can lead to an dental infection in your gums call Gingivitis, which I am sure you have heard of. But did you know that Gingivitis can lead to a worse dental infection called Periodontitis which is significantly worse.
If you get Periodontitis, your gums may separate from your teeth and your teeth may become loose or out of alignment. Then, the dental infection may travel to the bone that supports your teeth and gradually that bone will begin to dissolve.
So although you might think you can live with the pain, things will only get worse if you don’t go to your dentist and get it taken care of.
Dentistry has come a long way since the days of painful drilling and metal fillings. Dentists now not only take care of decay and other interior tooth problems; they perform many cosmetic services to approve tooth appearance. In fact, many dentists now specialize in restoring and maintaining a patient’s beautiful smile.
Not so long ago, porcelain veneers were reserved for actors and the wealthy who could afford to pay for snow white perfect teeth. Now the general population has access to porcelain veneers, meaning a Hollywood smile isn’t limited to California anymore.
Veneers are thin, carefully shaped porcelain pieces designed to bond to the front surface of a patient’s teeth. They are particularly effective for people with damaged, worn, uneven teeth. The teeth are alive and in reasonable health, so the procedure isn’t to restore mouth health but is intended to create a lovely smile. These veneers can even disguise spacing problems, and, if done correctly, can provide the recipient with years of comfortable use.
Being fitted with veneers only takes a few visits. The surface of the teeth will be prepared so that the porcelain will bond correctly. The pain is minor or non-existent and easily managed by local anesthesia. In about a week, a full set of veneers can be applied.
Dental crowns also serve a cosmetic purpose, but they are used when too much of a tooth has been lost to decay or other problems to properly fill or maintain. Sometimes they are necessary after a root canal. A crown covers the entire tooth and is carefully designed so that the patient’s bite lines up correctly. The process requires several visits because molds have to be made and the piece ordered. Crowns help with the physical aspects of talking and chewing, so they aren’t only cosmetic.
A dentist who has his own ceramist can make the fitting and follow-up easier for both the patient and the dentist, but if the veneers or crowns need to be ordered, the dentist will simply be extra diligent to be sure the appliances will fit. Several adjustments may be necessary on both veneers and crowns, but they should be minor and take very little time.
The result of both appliances is a healthy, beautiful smile that should last for years. For those who have suffered from embarrassment due to an unattractive smile, veneers offer the chance to achieve the dazzling teeth they’ve dreamed of. Those who receive crowns can return their teeth to health while maintaining their appearance. Both are vital tools for your dentist.
X-rays have two sides. There’s the good side. X-rays take pictures of all kinds of things inside your body. They help doctors and dentists find out what’s going on, good and bad, and how to treat it. But do x-rays have a bad side? Some people think so. They shudder when the word is mentioned; the word is radiation. It conjures up images of atomic bombs and all sorts of destruction. An x-ray is indeed a type of radiation. Instead of destruction, however, it is an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of all parts of the human body and that includes teeth.
What is an x-ray? It is energy that takes the form of waves and has the power to go through your body. Why does your dentist x-ray your teeth? If you look at your teeth in a mirror, you see only the surface of the teeth and gums, and that’s all your dentist sees. The dentist uses an x-ray to show up small cavities between the teeth, making them easier and less expensive to fix at that point. In addition, an x-ray allows the dentist to see if you’re due for root canal or a crown. Any growths in the jaw, such as possible tumors, although rare, will show up too.
On average, most people go to the dentist about once a year, perhaps just for a cleaning. How much radiation does a person get for each dental visit that includes an x-ray? Radiation is measured in millirems or mrem. For your typical yearly dental visit, you will be receiving .5 to 3 mrem. How does that stack up against other doses of radiation?
* 1 mrem a year: from smoke detectors * 5 mrem: one cross-country flight from increased altitude * 10 mrem a year: cooking with natural (radon) gas * 10 mrem a year: living in a brick house (radioactive parts of masonry) * 36 mrem a year: smoking a daily pack of cigarettes
How does radiation exposure in a dental x-ray compare to other medical procedures?
No radiation exposure is completely foolproof and such exposure does accumulate over time. Children may be especially at risk for overexposure. For most people, however, yearly visits to the dentist, even with the small amounts of radiation in an x-ray, seem to be worth the benefits.