Tips for better Teeth

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MariaO
Tips for better Teeth

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.

   

   

Hot2na
Re: Tips for better Teeth

excellent thread! having spent a small fortune the past 6-9 months and my last surgical procedure today, i welcome such a thread. mini me and i go head to head when i have to inspect her teeth and gums each morning and night to make sure she brushes. she hates to floss! *it is a fight* so i found this fabulous mouthwash for kids that will no longer let her cheat her way out of brushing by getting the tooth brush wet, placing it on the counter next to her tube of crest in an attempt to make me think she brushed! this is the mouthwash...it shows where they miss during brushing

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

missb
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this is the mouthwash...it shows where they miss during brushing

 

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Excellent, can you explain how this works 2na, son of mine needs this too...

What goes around comes around..don't forget it!

Hot2na
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Excellent, can you explain how this works 2na, son of mine needs this too...[/quote]

after your child brushes, he/she should rinse with this. the product will tint the plaque blue everywhere on the teeth the child missed while brushing. there was a voluntary recall last year on it. i still see it on the store shelves. our hygienist recommended the product just recently. we have no complaints.

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

Hot2na
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hey mariaO, do you know anything about the recall i commented on earlier regarding the mouth rinse for kids?

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

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

animestrinity
Re: Tips for better Teeth

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 :)

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

MariaO
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[quote=animestrinity]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 :)[/quote]

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 !!

LBL
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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

MariaO
Re: Tips for better Teeth

LOL that's ok LBL!! I'm scared to let my classmates work on me too!

hee hee  Laughing

LBL
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OK so I have to ask - when you turn off the lights do you glow in the dark?  Yikes radiation with a student....I dunno

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LOL that's what I mean... I hate for me to be standing there in the middle of the x ray and hear the student say, "Oh, no.."  Surprised

LadyBunnyLover

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