Tips for better Teeth


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MariaO
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I am in Dental College -  so someone asked me to make a thread about tips for dental hygiene Cool

 

The basics for caring for your Teeth

To have good oral health, it is vital to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis. Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day and floss one time daily, more flossing if needed. We've all heard that said but do you really do it?? Or do you slack off and not take care of your teeth the way you know you should?
Plaque is the cause of most problems. The key is to remove it before it builds up and causes problems. That's why you need to brush and floss. It's that simple. Why not take just a few minutes out of your day to take proper care of your teeth - rather than to regret later that you didn't - when you are sitting in a dentist chair and hear the bad news that you need some dental treatment? You will be sitting there the whole time thinking "If only I had..."

Tips for Brushing:

  • Brush at least twice daily but not more than 3 times a day. Because that can make your gums recede.
  • Don't brush too hard because it can also cause gums to recede. Brush lightly!!
  • Brush for two minutes - There are 4 quadrants in your mouth - top left/bottom left - top right/bottom right. Each quadrant needs to be brushed lightly for 30 seconds -  equaling two minutes for whole mouth each brushing session. You can buy special electronic toothbrushes that also have a timer that beeps every 30 seconds. Don't forget to brush around the last tooth in the back of your mouth. You will need to slightly close mouth around the toothbrush to reach that back tooth properly.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent damage to gum tissue.
  • Try to maintain the same schedule for brushing each day - to help you stay in the right groove and for keeping up a good technique.
  • Get a new toothbrush every few months. If your toothbrush bristles are messing up quickly then you need to back off and start brusing more easily.

*If using a whitening toothpaste  - remember that it will increase senstitivity in the teeth. However - now you can get toothpaste that contains teeth whitening and sensitivity "helper" in the same toothpaste tube.

Tips for Flossing:

  • Floss once a day - more if needed
  • Relax - don't go too fast
  • Use plenty of floss so that you can get each side of a tooth cleaned properly. Don't reuse a secion that has already been used - ewwwwww!!
  • Pick out the kind of floss that works best for you. If your teeth are closer together - you may decide to use waxed floss. Satin floss is my favorite.

*Follow up with mouthwash that contains ingredients to fight off gingivitis.

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snowe
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Hi, I all do brushing my teeth it takes me 5minutes to brush my teeth 3x a day.. Is that okay?
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yes
MariaO
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Now that the kids are out of school - it is important that they keep up their daily brushing routine. During the summer break - kids have a tendency to slack off. NO! LOL!

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i have never brushed my teeth well not never but i don't floss but i do use listerene like every single day at least 6 times a day but on the not brushing i usually just brush when my teeth start hurting or right before i go to the dentists haha
now my teeth are rotting outta my head i can't fix my teeth now the only way to do it now would be to go back in time and smack myself around a little bit till i start to brush like your suppose too and i don't go to the dentist cause its expensive as anything else even with insurance so i was wondering what i could do about that i might need dentures here soon with how much my teeth have rottened cause i got a cavity on every single tooth in my mouth

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lol! me too
tecktalk
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hey very nice info here.....!!

Stevie
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I guess I'm lucky.  Teeth straight as a picket fence, no braces, was born with no wisdom teeth.  I had my teeth whitened in 93 before it became the thing to do so everyone thinks I have always had white teeth.  My dentist was careful to not let me overdo the whiteness.  I do a touchup every 2-3 years.  Don't you just hate that whiter-than-white glowing look?

Speaking of acidity... low pH conditions (acidic) can contribute to higher levels of plaque.  The bacteria in plaque also creates acids and as mentioned earlier will weaken teeth and cause decay.

I'm really into oral hygene - I brush at least two times a day, floss before going to bed and finish up by brushing again with an minty alcohol-based mouthwash.

And a reminder about the acid thing - if you drink a carbonated soda before bed be sure and brush afterward.  Even sugar free - need to nuetralize the acid.

LBL
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I've always wanted to get my teeth whitened... I never had braces or anything, and the dentist I just recently went to told me I had pretty teeth, that people pay lots of money to get veneers and braces to get my teeth... the only problem is that I'm an avid coffee drinker and I smoked like crazy when I was 20 to about 23... so they're not the pearly white I would like them to be... 

LadyBunnyLover

MariaO
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LBL wrote:

the only problem is that I'm an avid coffee drinker and I smoked like crazy when I was 20 to about 23... so they're not the pearly white I would like them to be...

Age does factor in - when picking out a shade for the porcelain, or teeth whitening. The woman that I did a lot of work for asked me to pick out the whitest shade for the porcelain of her front 4 teeth that we did - but since she was older - a darker shade was recommended. It really turned out well - and we followed up with a bleach tray to get the rest of her teeth to match her new beautiful front teeth. 

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how do you feel about all the bubble gum ads saying they promote healthy teeth?

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Good question, I would like to know as well.

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I'll pitch in my 2cents here since Ive been a hygienist since 1997 Smile

Chewing SUGARLESS gum CAN help promote good oral health. It stimulates your gums, and can help get out food stuck between the teeth. It causes an increase in saliva in your mouth, which helps break down food left around the teeth as well- and helps break down acids which damage the teeth. It doesnt help get rid of tartar- only a dental professional can do that.

A word of caution, anyone with TMJ/TMD symptoms (clicking, popping, any other 'noise' in your jaw, or soreness after doing a lot fo chewing) should avoid gum, or only chew for a few minutes after a meal. Be nice to your joints! You'll thank me later Smile  

Whitening gums: Yes...and No. They seem to make teeth whiter, mainly because they are keeping teeth cleaner and fighting the buildup of plaque and tartar. If you really want whiter teeth, talk to your dentist- or just grab a pack of Crest White Strips from the store. They work GREAT for those who just want a bit of brightening, not those who need serious whitening due to cigarette/wine stains.  

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Well thank you! That is a lot of info. I didn't know before, I knew there was some good behind my gum addiction. Smile

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Hey.. I have a friend who has TMJ - what you described and she's at her wit's end.  Insurance won't touch it.  Do you have any recommendations or self-treatments?  Will it go away?

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I have it too, and its SUPER annoying, and can be painful after eating awhole bag of beef jerky Laughing

One thing I do is, twice a year I go in for a series of ultrasound treatments. They pulsate the sound waves through your jaw muscles, and the relief lasts for months. Im not 100% sure how it works, i just know that it does work for me.

I also keep naproxen and valium on hand for times when it locks up, or really hurts to the point I cant sleep. Anti-inflammatory drugs like naproxen, or OTC Aleve helps calm the muscles in the jaw and allow them to slide more easily. What happens in TMJ is the small "pad" that acts as a cushion in the condyle of the jaw slips out of place and gets inflamed and very angry!  

Ice/heat alternating will also help. Most of it is just being really nice to your joints and not eating anything thats hard/chewy/stick or really forces you to open wide- like a big subway sandwich.  

You can PM me if ya want some more resources for her :) 

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oooh, good thread. question...

 

is there such a disorder whereby the body rejects and will fight even a little bit of plaque? Eventually within a few years you will lose all your teeth?? [a friend of mine was told she had this by her dentist and she's devastated. Even though she brushes daily, she was told she has to see a personal hygenist and bush more often and floss and use mouth wash. She was told she'd lose all her teeth in a few years if she didnt.  

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OK I'm no expert but I went to the dentist recently and he told me to beware of acidic food and drinks, they can ware away enamel. Even fruit can be damaging to enamel, like the citrus in some fruit. He said that he tends to tell big fruit eaters to opt just for fruit and no juice so you don't go overboard with the acidity. Obviously fruit has many benefits so drinking water after an apple or orange etc. can neutralize the acid.

However the worst drink for teeth is Coke (sob) I'm so bad with drinking coke, even diet coke isn't much better because its the fizzyness that does the damage. I've been good though because I've cut down recently but I'm still addicted! My poor teeth.

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I do the exact same thing! I go to a nice restaurant and get sweet tea, then get a bowl of lemon and eat them by themselves... I love it! 

 

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my dentist turned me on to a tip to kill germs, whiten teeth, fight colds, etc. gargle with a little hydrogen peroxide.  i thought she was pulling my leg, but sure enough its right on the bottles label.

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I actually like going to the dentist....i love getting my teeth cleaned..If you're using a traditional toothbrush make to sure brush for at LEAST 2 minutes (thats what my dentist said) oh and like Tuna said, don't forget that tongue!!! And floss! I like this thread Smile

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MariaO   - what is your opinion on a traditional toothbrush vs. a battery operated one such as oral-b?

and, your stance on a waterpik vs. the white string type of floss?

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I always keep floss in my purse Wink

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MariaO
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Hot2na wrote:

MariaO - what is your opinion on a traditional toothbrush vs. a battery operated one such as oral-b?

and, your stance on a waterpik vs. the white string type of floss?

Tuna ><(((( '> the other white meat! I am Keeper Of The Whip!

Theres a few things to take into consideration with electro vs. traditional toothbrush. Of course electro is more expensive. But electro can also help maintain a better brush - if someone isn't very "good" at brushing then the electro helps to get a better brushing accomplished. Also it can really get children more interested in the routine of brushing - most kids thinks it's neat-o Cool

As for waterpik vs. floss. Definitely choose floss over the waterpik. Because the waterpik doesn't actually remove plaque like flossing does. But if someone is never going to floss then definitely at least use a waterpik. 

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almost forgot....brush the tongue also!

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arran
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yeah - that agent cool blue stuff is great.

my dentist always reminds me to brush my gums and the point where the tooth meets the gum. she also reminds me to brush the back of the teeth too, which i always forget...

good thread. Smile

MariaO
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Quote:

its like scratching that itch you cant reach and then you go "ahhhhhhh, ohhhhhh, ahhhhhhhh" (I know I'm goofy that way).

 

LOL I hear ya Smile

LBL
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Good idea for posting this... I didn't brush or flush as often as I did for... a really long time!!!.. Actually, I never flossed... Ugh, I hated doing it! About a month ago, I went to the dentist.  They drilled my teeth to clean it.. Man, it hurt!! And the dentist found 15 cavities!!!  15 CAVITIES!!  at $125 a pop....  lol  Guess who's going to Mexico instead to get her cavities filled? 

 

LadyBunnyLover

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Hit up a dental school... let 'em practice...... think about it... a cavity is one of the smaller procedures... they can't be that bad... as long as they numb you Smile

Granted I haven't tried this yet.... but this is what people tell me for some reason...............

MariaO
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animestrinity wrote:

Hit up a dental school... let 'em practice...... think about it... a cavity is one of the smaller procedures... they can't be that bad... as long as they numb you Smile

Excellent suggestion Smile

LBL - At the one that I attend we do fillings for 60 bucks a pop. As for the numbing - well ya better hope we get it numbed good because after my third trip to the counter to get more of it - the doctor (teacher) isn't very happy to sign for it Surprised

If you get a second year student - you're going to have alot of unpleasant visits until they learn how to dispense shots better. In my second or third year I actually couldn't get one of my patients to numb - the lady I talked about in my GUG blog. I felt really bad. On my first try - she didn't numb. I went to the counter for round two - and she didnt numb as well as I had hoped. Went back for round three - needless to say I ended up having to do the procedure on her when I knew that she wasn't all the way numb. Talk about a bummed feeling. She was so sweet about it - acting all tough and all. But still - I know she was in slight torture.  LBL - call the Dental School in your area. Get on the waiting list asap. And they - at least mine does - let you do a treatment plan and make monthly payments. My patient that I've had for two years has spent approx 4 thousand dollars for at least 20,000 dollars worth of work. She pays 150/monthly. And when her RPD needs replaced in about 12 years I hope she comes back to me for it. She is such a nice lady. We have actually become friends in a way Smile  Oh one thing that really sucks - I can't graduate until all of my patients balances are paid in full !!

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No offense at all, MariaO... but EEEEK!!!!!!!!!!  I'm scared to go to a dental student... I felt freaked out this past time that I went to a dentist.  Just the idea of x rays and the drill and a needle going into my mouth just gives me the hebe-jeebes (sp??).  This past time, I was nervous. The x-ray tech probably asked me like 15 times in a  total of about 10 minutes that I was with him, if I was okay.  He kept telling me to calm down.  lol  yeah, so I'm a little iffy about the dental student thing.  I'd probably need to call around and kind of get pricing... I don't know... either way, I need to get my teeth filled.

LadyBunnyLover

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