Tamara Levit DDS
Comprehensive Dental Treatment
6343 Executive Blvd, Rockville MD 20852
Let’s take a closer look. What do we have inside of our mouth and how to keep it healthy and beautiful lifelong? Teeth and overall oral health starts with proper hygiene. We can’t overstate the importance of proper everyday care that only you can provide. And the best way to learn how to develop the right technique is to ask your dental professional to explain and show you what and how you need to do to achieve the best result possible. Even though the is a standard approach to brushing and flossing you would be surprise how it could be customized for you.
How to brush and floss your teeth
It is hard to underestimate the importance of proper oral hygiene and its significant role in prevention of tooth and gum pathology. In my practice I believe in prevention, healthy habits and life style rather than treatment and correction of pathology after it’s too late. So, if it is possible to avoid a problem, I would rather work with you to help you stay healthy. Developing the right brushing and flossing technique will definitely help you to achieve our mutual goal - keeping your mouth healthy and trouble free.
There are many different techniques for brushing your teeth, one of the most popular and easiest to follow is described below:
Hold the brush on a 45 degree angle toward the teeth and the gum. Gently press against the gum so the tips of the bristles go in between the gum and the teeth. Then apply lateral vibration for a few times and roll down the brush to sweep the plaque away from the teeth and the gum. Repeat this motion several times and move on to the next area of 2 to 3 teeth. If your mouth is full of foam, spit and continue brushing. Your brushing is completed when you have brushed all the surfaces of your teeth!
On chewing surfaces, short strokes will work best to get the plaque out of the grooves and pits. Also when brushing the front teeth from inside, hold your brush vertically to be able to reach the teeth better.
As far as frequency of brushing is concerned, ideally you want to brush your teeth after each meal. But if you can’t, brush at least twice a day after breakfast and before going to bed.
The surfaces that are between teeth are not accessible to a brush. Therefore, the best way to clean them is by flossing. The frequency of flossing is like brushing and ideally after each meal, though one time a day (before going to bed) is the minimum necessary. And do not forget about your tongue – it can be a home for many bacterial species that may be the source of bad breath, and should be cleaned with a tongue-scraper at every brushing.
Besides toothbrush and floss you might be recommended to use another gismos and gadgets like different configurations of proxabrush or waterpik or electric floss – depends on your particular case. Sometimes you might need a combination of different dental accessories for different parts of your mouth.
After you are done brushing and flossing your teeth it seems like you are ready to leave a bathroom. Please wait! You forgot one more thing – your tongue! It is a relatively big organ that sits in our mouth and also requires some attention and care. You should keep in mind that your tongue is covered by hundreds and hundreds of tiny little sprouts known as taste buds. All together they become a very attractive site for bacteria – it’s like a woods where they always can hide, settle down and find plenty of food – all they need to grow a big colony. Don’t give them this chance – clean your tongue. You will need a tongue scraper that you can buy in a store or ask about it in your dental office. Now everything looks clean and nice and you are ready to start a new day.
Please do not hesitate to ask me or my staff for a detailed explanation and demonstration of proper brushing and flossing technique if you are unsure of how to proceed.Remember, we are here to help!
Electric Brush Versus Manual Brushes
There have been multiple studies comparing the effectiveness of manual brushes as opposed to electric brushes.
Although not all the electric brushes are the same, in conclusion of all these studies it is fair to say that in general electric brushes aremore effective in controlling the plaque thanmanual brushes.
Theoretically you could do a very good brushing with a regular hand brush but the movements of an electric brush makes the task easier and more efficient. Also, some electric brushes (Sonicare) have sonic vibrationthat is difficult to mimic with a hand brush! Other electric brushes like Oral-B and Rotadent have small heads that help you reach hard to reach areas of your mouth. This aspect is more important when you are talking about somebody with orthodontic braces or a history of gum disease.
Don't forget about your little ones.
Even though baby teeth are not permanent, they still are very important. They let your child chew properly and so get all necessary components from their meals; they keep the space for permanent dentition and stimulate the proper jaw growth and development. In addition, when your child has tooth decay, those cavities can be an additional source of infection that can compromise your child’s overall health by challenging the immune system. You help your child to clean up the room, put the stuff in place, button a cloth and build a lot of useful skills. Why not to teach a helpful hygiene technique? Do not hesitate to take an extra toothbrush and do this together – you and your child, so he will know what to do and how to do it right; and it is also important for child to know that you do it too. Be a row mode
Fluoride use and Decay Prevention
Many years ago scientists started to notice that children who were born and raised in areas with natural fluoride in drinking water had less cavities than children in other areas.
Fluoride that is absorbed by your body when teeth were forming (during mothers pregnancy to early childhood) integrates into the structure of enamel and makes it stronger.
After teeth eruption fluoridethat is inside your toothpaste or mouthwash, or what your dentist places on your teeth still have a positive effect on your teeth. It strengthens the enamel and reduces the chance of tooth decay.
If you have children and live in an area that has no Fluoride in its drinking water you should consult your dentist and physician about Fluoride tablets that are available for children.