From the time we are able to securely hold a toothbrush in our hand we are taught by our parents how to brush our teeth. If we couldn’t perform the task very well our parents would brush our teeth for us to ensure the healthiness of our teeth and gums. Afterwards, our toothbrush may have been placed alongside those of our siblings or even our parents in an open container where a bacterium collects on its bristles.

toothbrush cleaningOne has to marvel at the toothbrush. The first toothbrush that resembles what we use today had its beginnings in China in the late 1400s. It was comprised of stiff hairs from a hog’s neck and attached to a bamboo stick. Now, soft bristles on the “head” of a handle used along with toothpaste to brush off plaque and massage our gums. For the most part, it seems the toothbrush is only used to eliminate leftover food from teeth. However, it is a major deterrent of gingivitis (gum disease), the prevention of cavities and periodontal disease which is a cause of at least one-third of adult tooth loss.

Many dentists believe that soft-bristled toothbrushes are the most effective to use since the firmer bristles can damage tooth enamel and irritate the gums. In fact, the tips of hard bristles are like sharp tips that may cause nicks in the gum, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. The soft bristles are considered the most safe and comfortable especially with consideration given to how vigorously you brush your teeth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, even after brushing and then rinsing your toothbrush contaminated and potentially pathogenic organisms remain on the bristles. We’ve all had lessons on how to brush our teeth, but very few lessons in toothbrush cleaning. Here are some suggestions on how to clean and take care of your toothbrush:

  • If you keep your toothbrush in a toothbrush protector, ensure it is dry before using the toothbrush protector. Failure to do so may lead to the development of mold on the bristles. Use a toothbrush holder that has holes. This will help with ventilation to prevent mold. Read more here

Gingivitis (gum disease) and the advanced stage, periodontists, is one of the most common infections of the mouth and occurs more often than the common cold. Symptoms include bleeding gums or pus between the teeth, destroying the bone that supports the teeth leading to tooth loss. Research identified the accumulation of gum disease as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Early warning signs of heart disease are less obvious than those that indicate that there is a problem with the gums. Now, doctors have to manage the disease with the hope of reducing the risk that might occur in the other.

Any time there is bleeding in the mouth, bacteria can enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart. The bacterium that causes gum disease is associated with heart disease. The common risk factor in both cardiovascular and periodontal disease is inflammation. While the formation of blood clots is an important defense against cuts and bruises it become a serious problem if it occurs in the heart. Read more here

Hypertension has been known for years as the silent killer, because most people who have high blood pressure are unaware they have the disease. The same can be true in the case of periodontal disease, which is also known to show no signs until it has progressed to the stage where the individual is losing their teeth.

The warning signs include bleeding and inflammation of the gums and tenderness, while brushing, flossing and eating hard foods. When your gums recede or pull away from your teeth is when one of those dreaded trips to the dentist is warranted. If left unattended plaque will spread and grow below the gum line.  The toxins produced by bacteria in plaque stimulate an inflammatory response in
which the body turns on itself. Tissues and bones that support the teeth are
broken down and destroyed.

The gums begin to separate from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between teeth and gums) that become infected. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen and more gum tissue and bone are destroyed. Eventually, teeth become loose and may have to be removed. Read more here

Bleeding gums are something that many people suffer from when people brushing their teeth vigorously or flossing their teeth. While some people may see this as a normal event, it can also be a sign of something more serious. The symptoms are very similar to those of swollen gums, and usually when one is present, so is the other. In this case, not having good oral hygiene habits may be the culprit.

This type of infection occurs when bacteria grows and forms a sticky film on the surface of the teeth and under the gumline called plaque. If not, treated it can progress to gingivitis, the top dental problem for people over 18 years old, or turn into a more serious medical condition where the symptoms may occur in the mouth.

The immune system sends white blood cells to the affected area that causes the inflammation that leads to bleeding, swelling and, in some cases, receding gums. If ignored, plaque will harden when allowed to accumulate and, periodontitis, a chronic disease can occur and result in a separation of the gums from the teeth.

Moreover, when this occurs, pockets of infection develop in the spaces created that leads to bone loss and loosening teeth which eventually causes them to fall out. Inflamed gums are usually the cause of tooth loss more so than through tooth decay. Either way you need to see a dentist at the first sign of persistent gum bleeding.

Causes of bleeding gums can be traced to neglected gums, teeth and mouth. Bleeding gums are a sign of an unhealthy mouth, because there is no known natural cause. If you are suffering from this and prefer a non-medical approach to help with your gums, try changing your eating habits such as eating three meals a day, including adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables and most importantly, if you snack between meals, avoid carbohydrates.

If you are someone who does not enjoy fruit, as an alternative it is important to maintain a good level of vitamin C in your body that helps keep the gums healthy. An additional supplement, co-enzyme Q10 is also known to be useful in some cases for people with bleeding gums.

Unfortunately, the most common reason for development of bleeding gums is simply because people do not follow a consistent routine for cleaning their teeth and gums. This involves more than brushing two or three times a day, but also the use of dental floss, mouthwash and regular cleaning of the teeth from a dentist. It is imperative that you make it a habit to practice good oral hygiene habits that are essential for preventing the accumulation of plaque, which is a serious threat to the gums and the teeth.

Almost everyone has their share of childhood tooth care histories. Parents have their own unique way of encouraging their children on how to care for their teeth – from exaggerated stories of imaginary characters (the tooth fairy) to humorous stories about what will happen if they ignore caring for their teeth.

However, encouraging children to take care of their  teeth is actually a good thing, because it is a good idea to begin the practice of personal dental care at an early age. Perhaps the most basic thing that almost everyone knows about is brushing their teeth.

Brush your teeth after every meal is considered the most basic measure of personal dental care. Many people may think that brushing one’s teeth is just brushing, what most people do not know is that there is a proper way to brush their teeth.

Brushing teeth is not effective if you just brush your teeth using any kind of brush stroke. If you are one of the many people who do not know the proper way to brush your teeth, a visit to the dentist may be the solution to your problem.

It is recommended that you brush your teeth at least twice a day.  Although, there are some people who see the need to brush their teeth three times a day and after every meal.

There are even some cases where dentists discourage their patients from brushing more than twice a day, especially for those who suffer from discomfort due to their teeth being sensitive.

Some people go a day without brushing their teeth. If you are one of the many people who think that eating mentolated candies, gargling with mouthwash and flossing can be the same as brushing your teeth,  you may need to consider changing your approach to your personal dental care routine.

Eating candy and other sweets to compensate for the lack of brushing could cause cavities. Unfortunately, you are unable to see the harmful results of your improper dental care immediately. However, in the long term you ma regret letting your teeth fall into the hands of candies and sweets which does more harm than good.

Substituting simple brushing with a mouthwash gargle session in the bathroom may seem to save a lot of precious working time, but in reality, you’ve just put your teeth and mouth in danger. Mouthwashes are made to improve the cleanliness of your teeth, not to replace brushing. Gargling with mouthwash is not seen as a thorough way to clean the mouth.  Your mouth may feel fresh after gargling, but if one should look closely at your mouth and teeth, you would be able to see where your dental care is lacking.

Achieving a personal dental care routine is important because it will make or break your smile. Do not neglect your teeth, as they constitute a very important part of your face.

Dental Care is very important because your gums and your teeth are directly connected to your blood stream and keeping up with your dental care should be your first line of protection for good health. Researchers have found what appears to be a connection between gum disease, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

In the case of inflammatory gum disease it is the body’s response to the presence of bacteria and inflammation associated with dental plaque. This theory suggests that when the gums become inflamed and left unchecked, the infection from the gums is distributed throughout the body via the blood stream. Once in the blood stream, the infection can have an impact on other diseases occurring in the body.

Although, this relationship may exist, studies have not positively identified the reason how or why it occurs. The practice of oral hygiene is important because it prevents the build up of dental plaque. Plaque causes the two most common diseases found in the mouth, dental decay and gum disease.

Regular oral hygiene visits to the dentist are vital for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, and preventing potentially serious problems. Here are some suggestions to consider when it comes to your dental care:

  • Visit the dentist twice a year. If you smoke, have gum disease or diabetes, consider more frequent visits.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and snacks with an electric toothbrush if possible because it aids in removing plaque and massages the gums.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and reduce bacteria.
  • Have a dialogue with your dental hygienist at your next cleaning on where you had the most build-up of plaque so you can focus more on those areas.
  • Brush your tongue. It is highly recommended by dentists because bacteria hides in the bumpy surface of the tongue. The bacteria feeds on the remnants of food which is the main cause of bad breath or halitosis.
  • Stay away from sugary drinks and treats. Sugar promotes the growth of plaque. Eat foods high in calcium and Vitamins C and D.
  • Use mouth rinses that  contain chlorhexidine, an anti-microbial agent, which aids in the removal of excess bacteria.

The control of plaque is the key to maintaining healthy gums and also overall good health. It is up to you to follow the golden rules of good oral care: regular visits to the dentist, reduce the amount of sugary foods you eat, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily.

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Along with brushing your teeth, you should also be flossing on a daily basis. Flossing to remove plaque and debris in areas that your toothbrush cannot reach. A buildup of plaque can lead to gum disease or tooth decay, so flossing is very important. If you floss immediately after brushing, you’ll notice that your gums and teeth will be much healthier.

If you look at the floss, you’ll notice that there are two types – nylon filament and unique. You can get nylon either waxed or unwaxed and in various flavors. Nylon thread is composed of several strands of nylon material, meaning that it can shred, tear, or become wedged between the teeth. Although the single filament floss is more expensive than nylon, it will slide easily between teeth, even tight areas and spaces. Unlike nylon, single filament is impossible to shred or tear.

No matter what kind of floss you choose, provided you floss regularly, you can eliminate debris from teeth and gums. If you’ve never tried flossing before, you will probably be surprised how much debris and food particles  can be eliminated. Dentists all over the world agree about the importance of flossing because it can reach places that even the smallest of toothbrushes cannot. After eating, food and debris occurs between the teeth, which makes it very important to use dental floss.

The main problem that many people have against flossing is the fact that it can lead to bleeding gums. Each time you floss and get between teeth and around the  gums, the thread is rubbed against the gums, resulting in bleeding. Many people take this occurrence wrong, and immediately stop flossing, usually for good. Bleeding is very common, and should be expected when flossing.

When you brush your teeth, you miss a lot of food particles and debris that continue to accumulate in your mouth. No toothbrush is designed for all areas of the mouth, as they all miss hard to reach places. With the areas missed by the toothbrush, the debris and plaque continue to develop until they eventually result in cavities. To eliminate this debris and plaque between the teeth before it builds up into something more serious, you need to floss.

If you’ve been afraid to try flossing due to your gums bleeding, get over the fear of flossing and routinely floss  after brushing. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to brush your teeth and floss on a daily basis. Regular checkups with your dentist will assist you and you should continue your regular maintenance at home with brushing and flossing.

Even if you say you care for your teeth well, you still cannot escape the fact that you still have to visit your dentist at least twice a year. Sure, it’s not really fun to go to the dentist, but if you really want to achieve the best personal dental care for your teeth, regular visits to the dentist would be helpful.

What Happens in a Typical Visit to the Dentist?

Go to the dentist every six months, is considered more as prevention against cavities, plaque accumulation on your teeth and other problems related to your mouth. The goal is the prevention of dental diseases, caries and other diseases that place the health of your teeth and mouth at risk.

An informal consultation with a dentist usually consist of three parts: a medical and dental history (this is where the dentist will ask questions about your past dental care and dental check-ups), dental examination and professional cleaning (oral prophylaxis).

The dentist will examine your gums, teeth and other tissues regarding the mouth. The joints in your jaws may also be included in the exam as a means to check the overall health of your mouth.

Dentists often use a probe and a mirror to check the crown (the visible portion) of each tooth to test for looseness, decay or plaque. The dentist can also check the quality of your bite and how your teeth fit together.

After checking your teeth, the dentist usually proceed to consider the overall condition of the gums. Healthy gums are pink and firm – not bloated, swollen or tender. If the dentist finds deep depressions (or pockets),  the patient may be suspected of having gum disease.  When the dentist is finished examining the visible parts of the mouth and teeth, X-rays are taken that may  reveal abscesses, cavities in the teeth or impacted wisdom teeth.

Abscesses should be treated immediately because it is a collection of pus surrounded by swollen tissue. If not treated immediately, an abscess can be a source of further complications.

Professional cleaning is better than just normal tooth brushing because it is designed to remove hard deposits using a scraping instrument called a scaler.  Apart from a scaler, an ultrasound machine can also be used by the dentist, which uses high-frequency sound waves to facilitate the relaxation of plaque deposits.

After cleaning, the majority of dental hygienists polish the teeth. Polishing of the teeth clean and soften the surfaces of the teeth, assists in removing stains and help make the teeth more resistant to the build-up of plaque.

There are some dental hygiene package, which consists of applying fluoride compound or sealant to help prevent or delay tooth decay.

Going To The Dentist Is Not So Bad After All

Now that you are aware of what happens during a trip to the dentist, you probably think that a trip to the dentist is not so bad, right? If you wish to promote dental care, you should be the first to take the initiative by going to the dentist.

You cannot get the best personal dental care if you only depend on your own methods and routine. Dentists are equipped with dental instruments, machines and other equipment that will undoubtedly make your teeth and mouth clean, fresher and better.

If you are guilty of neglecting or abusing your pearly whites in the early years of your life (by not brushing regularly, by smoking a lot of cigarettes, drinking a lot of caffeine, etc) you might find yourself getting a bit self-conscious when you smile. Whether your teeth are already exhibiting a yellowish-tinge or suffering from extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages, it’s never too late for you to level up your personal dental care routine.

Can’t Smile Without You Most people with a “normal” or average set of teeth don’t really realize the importance of their pearly whites until they experience problems concerning it.

Imagine this: you use your mouth to communicate with people every minute of everyday and that means that your teeth is also exposed every time you communicate with other people. If you are not confident about your teeth, you will definitely become self conscious which would greatly affect the way you interact with others.

Now do you realize the importance of maintaining a healthy set of teeth? If you do, then it’s high time that you give a little more time for your personal dental care.

Brush Regularly You don’t really have to be a toothbrush maniac and strictly brush your teeth every after meal. What if you eat at least 8 times a day? Brushing your teeth 8 times a day would definitely irritate the enamel of your teeth and may even make your gums tender and make you more susceptible to gum irritation and gingivitis.

Most dentists would recommend that brushing the teeth at least 2 or 3 times a day is enough to maintain the cleanliness of the teeth and mouth.

If you seem not to be satisfied with just merely brushing, you can actually floss (now you can do this after every meal, just make sure you know the right way of flossing or you’ll still end up having gums that bleed) or gargle some mouthwash.

Have A Tongue Cleaner If you think that brushing and flossing alone is enough to help eliminate, manage and control the halitosis-causing bacteria in your mouth, think again!

The bacteria are not only found in your teeth but they are also found in your tongue and in the “cheeks” of your mouth. Brushing alone will not help you achieve 100% fresh breath. You will need to clean your tongue and inner mouth cheeks as well.

You can do this by simply buying a tongue cleaner. There are a lot of toothbrushes in the market today that have built in tongue and cheeks cleaner. They may be a bit more expensive than regular toothbrushes, but they’re worth the extra money anyway.

Don’t Be Lazy There may be times when you arrive home very late at night or you simply had a very rough and tiring day that you just want to crawl right into bed when you get home. You ditch brushing your teeth and then you justify your act by telling yourself “it’s only for tonight” and then you sleep right away.

You might think that it’s a harmless act but maybe it would help if you would know that a person who sleeps overnight without brushing his or her teeth gives the bacteria in his or her mouth ample time to multiply which gives off a “deadly” mouth odor in the morning.

Personal dental care is a person’s responsibility to himself. It is part of daily hygiene and it must be not neglected, just like bathing and washing hands.

If you think that brushing and flossing alone is enough to keep your teeth and mouth clean and healthy, think again. If you think that you can manage to have a clean and healthy mouth without the help of a dentist, then what are dentists here for?

Dentists play a big part in managing the personal dental care of individuals. Dentists check your teeth and mouth for signs of cavities and gum disease.

They will also help you maintain extra clean teeth and they will also teach you the proper ways of brushing and flossing. They can even demonstrate it to you so that you can really see how it is done.

Be Careful Of What You Eat And Drink Dentists would also give you important advices related to teeth and mouth care. Perhaps one of the most common advices that dentists give their patients is to be careful with what they eat and drink.

Eating and drinking sugary stuffs such as candies, cakes and soda can attract a lot of plaque to stick to your teeth. If you want to have healthy teeth, do try to eat more fruits and vegetables and drink more water than soda.

More Than Sprays And Breath Mints The world is full of instant solutions and shortcuts and dental care is not exempted from the variety of instant solutions.

A lot of breath mints and breath fresheners are available in the market today, offering instant fresh breath to individuals who are perhaps too busy to spend at least three minutes to brush their teeth.

If you are one of the many people who are seeking the aid of breath mints and breath sprays to give you fresh breath, you might want to change your approach to personal dental care because it will just do you more harm than good.

Aside from the fact that breath mints and breath sprays can’t really rid your teeth and mouth of minute pieces of food debris, they are also not good for long term use.

The truth is, breath mints and breath freshener sprays are only good at masking mouth odors.

Sure, they can give you instant fresh breath that can probably last for a few hours, but when you look at your mouth through a microscope, you will really be disgusted and appalled by all the bacteria and food debris that can be found in your mouth and in between
your teeth.

Brushing:

Simplest Yet Most Essential Brushing one’s teeth may seem to be the simplest and most basic part of personal dental care but it is one of the most needed things to do to achieve clean and healthy teeth.

You see, in order for you to prevent cavities, you need to brush off the plaque stuck in your teeth brought about by the food and beverages that you ate and drank.

Brushing regularly can also save you a lot of unwanted trips to the dentist. Remember, breath mints and breath freshener sprays won’t help in getting rid of the bacteria that causes plaque to build up in your teeth.

If you want to have a nice set of teeth without having to undergo awful toothaches and bad breath, take the extra mile to spend time for your personal dental care routine.

Thanks to better in-office dental treatments and at-home care, more people find it easier to manage their personal dental care.

Although there are some conditions and diseases that can facilitate tooth loss, the products and technology today gives people more control to help keep their original teeth until they get old.

The most common suggestions to have a healthy set of teeth for a lifetime is to constantly brush and floss them. Most teeth and mouth problems are triggered or caused by plaque, an icky layer of bacteria, food particles and other organic matter that forms on the surface of the teeth.

The bacteria found in plaque are responsible for producing acids that cause cavities to form. Plaque is also responsible for periodontal disease, an infection that can damage the tissues and erode the bone surrounding the teeth. The best way to remove plaque and destroy its chances of building up is through brushing and flossing. Regular brushing and flossing is really needed so that the plaque won’t have the chance to accumulate and harden.

Don’t Be A Sloppy Brusher – Most of the people have been taught the proper technique of brushing the teeth when they were kids.

However, as people get older, they tend to disregard the proper way of brushing and just brush their teeth sloppily. If you think that simply brushing your teeth all round and making bubbles is enough to get rid of the plaque and other food debris, think again.

You may just be wasting your time, effort and toothpaste if you don’t practice the proper technique of brushing your teeth. It takes more than instinctive brushing to get your toothbrush bristles to remove plaque without injuring your gums.

If you really want to know the proper way to brush your teeth, you can visit a dental hygienist or a dentist so that they can show you the proper way to do it.

General Tips About Brushing:

You need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Perhaps the most important time to brush your teeth is just before you go to sleep because during sleep, the production of saliva decreases, making the teeth more vulnerable to the attack of bacterial acids.

It’s not advisable to brush more than three times a day because it may cause the gums to recede in the long run. When brushing your teeth, make sure not to make the strokes too harsh because it will also cause the gums to recede or bleed.

Imagine this: Plaque sticks to the teeth just like jam sticks to a wooden ladle. Rinsing the wooden ladle won’t really remove the jam, instead, light and constant brushing will be able to do the trick.

Brushing too hard will damage the ladle, which will also have the same damage to the teeth and gums. Don’t rush when you are brushing your teeth. Two minutes is the recommended time to adequately remove the food and plaque build-up on your teeth.

Change your toothbrush regularly.

Don’t be a scrooge when it comes to toothbrushes because they are the primary weapon for personal dental care. They don’t cost a lot so when you notice that your toothbrush has been with you for three months already, or if you already that the bristles of your toothbrush has already began to splay, it’s high time that you replace it with a new toothbrush.

The primary aim of personal dental care is to prevent cavities from forming in the teeth. In order for you to prevent cavities and maintain a healthy set of teeth, you need to remove plaque, a transparent layer of bacteria that stays on the surface of your teeth.

Some effective ways to prevent plaque from forming is to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Brushing your teeth will help stimulate your gums and in turn keep them healthy and less susceptible to gum diseases.

Choose The Right Toothpaste – Toothpastes are typically made of detergents, abrasives and foaming agents. The most common active ingredient in toothpaste is fluoride. Fluoride is the component of the toothpaste that is responsible for preventing cavities from forming.

When choosing what toothpaste to buy, make sure that it has a great amount of fluoride to keep your mouth cavity-free. Studies say that 1 out of 10 people has a tendency to accumulate tartar rapidly. What is tartar? It is actually plaque that is difficult to remove and damaging because it is already in hardened form.

There are anti-tartar toothpastes and mouthwashes available in the market today which can help prevent tartar formation. Another great tip for preventing the formation of tartar is brushing the teeth located near the salivary glands.

For individuals that seem to have teeth which are sensitive to pressure, cold and heat, there are toothpastes specially made for sensitive teeth.

However, a visit to the dentist may be most appropriate so that the dentist can assess whether the sensitivity of the teeth may lead to a serious problem such as nerve inflammation or severe cavity.

Learn How To Floss Although brushing is considered to be the most important part in the personal dental care routine, it doesn’t actually have the ability to remove the plaque and food particles between the teeth, under the gum line or within braces.

A dental floss is the weapon to get rid of the above mentioned teeth and mouth “pests”. Flossing can be done at least once a day.

There are actually different kinds of flosses and these depend on the space that a person has in between his or her teeth. Most dentists would usually suggest unwaxed floss because it is easier to glide through narrow spaces.

However, recent studies have discovered that there is actually no significant difference in the effectiveness among the different kinds of dental flosses. When flossing your teeth, you should be very careful so that you can avoid injuring your gums.

Remember, gums are very sensitive and they can bleed easily. Never force the floss under the gums; just curve the floss around the edge of your tooth and form a letter “c” then glide the floss up and down the side of each tooth. Do not forget to floss the back sides of your teeth as well.

All in all, maintaining your very own personal dental care routine can be easy, as long as you have enough willingness and determination to achieve a great set of pearly whites.

If you are one of the many people who don’t really give much attention to your teeth, don’t wait until you experience awful dental-related problems such as toothache, bad breath(halitosis) or bleeding gums.

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