Oral Hygiene Aids- Tips and tricks everyone must know!

If you’re somebody who loves taking care of your teeth you’ll love this page. Here are some extra tips that will make your teeth happy and healthy!

  1. Tooth brushes-
  • Always use a soft brush.
  • You may feel that you may need to brush harder to make sure your teeth are clean, but the key word is to brush longer.
  • Take time to brush each tooth. Brushing too hard wears the enamel and causes sensitivity.
  •  Replace your toothbrush every three months and make sure you keep them clean after each use!
  • Electric toothbrushes can be certainly beneficial, but with the right technique your manual toothbrush can be equally efficient.
  • Try a small head tooth brush for your sleepy and hiding wisdom teeth.
  1. Tooth pastes-
  • Try switching every 3 months. Every tooth paste is different, that’s why just like your skin care products or your hair care products, switching to a different tooth paste every 3 months can help you reap the benefits of them all.
  • For sensitive teeth leave the tooth paste in the area longer. Leaving the toothpaste on the sensitive area overnight helps the tooth paste act better.
  • Tooth pastes are also more effective when you spit and don’t rinse after brushing.
  • Your dentist can prescribe you a high fluoride tooth paste if you’re prone to cavities.
  • Less is more!!!Don’t go by advertisements! A pea size amount is more than enough!
  1. Dental floss-
  • Dental floss should never be an option or a once in a blue moon tool. Using dental floss as your daily regimen is as important as using your tooth brush. You only realize its importance when despite your thorough brushing, you go to the dentist and learn you have cavities in between your teeth!
  • There are many varieties of dental floss in the market now, the ones with handles are of great help to get right to your back teeth. Trial and error is the best way to figure which dental floss best suits you.
  • They are excellent tools to maintain gum health.
  • Look out for SUPER floss which will help to keep clean any bridges that you may have.
  1. Interdental tooth brushes-
  • Little small wonders. Small enough to fit every pocket this oral hygiene aid does a big job in keeping your gums and teeth healthy. The key to these are however the size you choose. The size of the brush should be just enough to fit in between your teeth gently but not too small that it does nothing.
  • Must haves and must do’s for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment as well as those developing gum disease.
  1. Mouth washes-
  • Swish, gargle and spit! This 30s regimen will help in reducing the bacterial count as well as leaving you with a fresh breath.
  • The type of mouth wash varies and is best ask your dentists opinion on it.
  • Only few need to use them however as they do tend to reduce the number of good bacteria along with the bad ones!



Teeth Whitening: Thing you need to considered

This is a short check list of things you need to consider before you decide on a teeth whitening treatment. Once you’re up to speed with the main things to think about you can explore the issues in more detail throughout the website.

Should I be whitening my teeth?

Not everyone’s teeth are suitable for whitening. If your teeth and gums are not in a healthy condition before you whiten, the procedure may cause more damage. Even if there is nothing wrong with your teeth there may be other reasons why whitening won’t work.

How can I find out if my teeth are suitable for whitening?

The safest way to work out if your teeth are suitable for whitening is to see your dentist first. Dentists are the only people trained and qualified to make an accurate assessment of your teeth and gums.

What should a proper assessment include?

Your dentist will check for things like enamel thickness, receding gums, existing sensitivity, existing tooth decay, existing restorations (e.g. fillings, crowns and veneers), any other oral diseases or conditions. He will also assess the cause of discolouration, (e.g. diet, ageing etc.) and whether it is on the surface or inside the teeth. Only a qualified dentist is able to carry out these checks and then recommend a suitable whitening treatment.

What can go wrong?

For many people teeth whitening poses no serious risk if done correctly. However, if you choose the wrong treatment for your teeth or that treatment is applied incorrectly (e.g. whitening products are often used too frequently or applied for too long a time) then some damage can occur.:

  • Reduction in the hardness and strength of enamel
  • Damaged and inflamed gums
  • Blistering
  • Severe tooth sensitivity
  • Irritation and possibly bleeding in the oesophagus and stomach if some of the bleaching agent is ingested
  • If you have crowns, veneers or fillings these will not change colour at all after bleaching so you could end up with multicoloured teeth
  • On the product side, some whitening treatments are very highly concentrated and are well over the officially recommended level of 6% for the active whitening ingredient. Find out what’s in the product you want to use as they can range from 3% to 35%!

What results can I expect?

Depending on the cause of the discolouration results can range from impressive to disappointing so it’s important to understand what can reasonably be achieved before you go ahead with any whitening procedure. The reality is that most people will achieve a one or two shade change but many will see no change at all. What works for one person will not work for another. Again, your dentist will be able to advise you.

Teeth Whitening Checklist

If you’re keen to improve the whiteness of your teeth, go through these steps so you can be sure you have chosen the right treatment. It could save you from unnecessary pain and possibly irreparable damage to your mouth.

  • Have you tried other ways to whiten your teeth without using a chemical treatment, like having a professional scale and clean by your dentist and maintaining good oral hygiene habits?
  • Have you consulted your dentist and had your teeth assessed for suitability to be whitened?
  • Has your dentist recommended a course of action or specific treatment?
  • Do you understand exactly how to use a treatment you will be applying at home?
  • Are you fully aware of the potential side effects of whitening?
  • Are you fully aware of the kind of results you can expect?