For people who find brushing their teeth with a manual toothbrush a struggle – an electric toothbrush can be a vast improvement because it is less dependent on brushing correctly because the brush does the hard work for you!
Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and the gums – floss is an interdental cleaner that is designed to concentrate on the tight spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and gums! Debris accumulates between the teeth. If not removed, bacteria will develop and plaque will form. Use the floss with a back and forth motion and with a vertical action until all the plaque is removed.
The following suggestions may help you floss your teeth effectively:
- Break off about 18 inches of floss, and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the other hand. As you use the floss, you will take up the used section with this finger.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumb and forefingers, with about an inch of floss between them, leaving no slack. Use a gentle ‘rocking’ motion to guide the floss between your teeth. Do not jerk the floss or snap the floss into the gums.
- When the floss reaches the gumline, curve it into a C-shape against one tooth until you feel resistance.
- Hold the floss against the tooth. Gently scrape the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum.
- Repeat on the other side of the gap, along the side of the next tooth.
- Don’t forget the back of your last tooth.
- When flossing, keep to a regular pattern. Start at the top and work from left to right, then move to the bottom and again work from the left to right. This way you’re less likely to miss any teeth.
It is also very important to clean around the edges of any crowns, bridges or implants. This can be difficult to do effectively using traditional floss and there are now specialist flosses to do the job thoroughly (such as super floss and specialist floss threaders). Ask your dentist or hygienist on how to use these properly and which method you should use.
At Shine Dental we offer a full hygiene programme. This intense regime begins with – Full-mouth disinfection. This is for the treatment of Chronic Periodontitis (gum disease) in adults. Periodontal disease affects the bone and gum that provide support for your teeth, which if left untreated can result in your teeth becoming loose and falling out.
Chronic Periodontitis is treated by removing bacteria and hard deposits that affect root surfaces underneath the gum. The aim is to complete this procedure within a short time frame of 12-24 hours; this is in order to minimise the chance of re-infection with bacteria coming from other areas of the oral cavity, such as tongue, tonsils and interdental spaces. This procedure is to try and minimise and stabilise the loss of bone support and tissues which help keep the teeth firm within the dentition and in the long run prevent tooth loss.
Periodontal Disease cannot be cured but through regular maintenance and care you can prevent its symptoms.