Oral Health

 

Infant Tooth Brushing

First of all the right toothpaste should be selected
With the appropriate Fluoride content for an infant
A smear of toothpaste should be applied
Brushing should start when the first tooth arrives ...to get the infant used to the procedure.
If the infant objects to the brush ...a clean cloth with the toothpaste applied can be used.

Children Tooth Technique

Good brushing technique should take 2 minutes divide the mouth into 6 sections ...
... and take 20 seconds to brush each.
Start with outer surfaces of the lower jaw ...Then the inner and then the biting surfaces...Repeat with the upper jaw.
Small circular movements near the gumline is most effective.

Tongue Cleansing

85% of bad breath originates in the mouth, most of which comes from the tongue.
Stagnating plaque bacteria and food debris can give off an offensive odour.
Tongue cleansing removes unwanted bacteria from the tongue's surface ...
... and the tongue-coating that cause bad breath
TongueDetox is designed to make tongue cleaning easy and comfortable.
Use daily for fresher breath, improved taste and a healthier mouth.

Super Floss

Superfloss can be used 'under' bridges.
First use the stiff end of the Superfloss to insert between the teeth.
Pull the Superfloss through and then sweep under the pontic.
Pull through the normal floss and floss the abutments as usual.

Implant Maintenance
Following the placement of an implant ...
... it is important to keep the surrounding area clean.
Use a 45 degree angle as the standard brushing technique.
Use plastic coated interdental brushes for safe effective plaque removal.
Tightly floss approximal surfaces and implants.
Ensure all surfaces are clean.
Adapt floss/tape for teeth and gums.
Tartar Build Up
Tartar builds up around all teeth, if plaque is not cleaned away.
Minerals contained in saliva and the position of the saliva glands ...
... means the lower front teeth are particularly susceptible.
Left unchecked the plaque will destroy the bond between the teeth and gums ...
... inflame the gum and cause important bone to be lost.
In extreme cases the build-up of tartar can be so great, as to force the teeth apart.
Gum Disease
A healthy tooth.
Plaque builds up ...
... gum and bone may begin to recede.
Sometimes the gum recedes with the bone and sometimes it doesn't.
Either way the tooth may become mobile.
Smoking
Smoking has many affects on oral health.
Increased plaque, tartar and staining can occur.
Furring of the tongue (increasing bad breath) ...
...reduced blood flow to the gums ...
... which is an indicator of the same affect on the heart tissue.
Gums may recede ...
... tooth movement may occur ...
... tooth loss ...
... and even 'white spot'.
TMJ
When the jaw opens, there are two movements involved...
A rotation ....and a sliding.
Cartilage between the bones smoothes the movement.
Sometimes as cartilage wears, it may click during the opening.
Power Brushing
Angle the bristles at 45º to the gum line.
There's no need to scrub - hold the brush in position ...
... and after a few seconds sweep the bristles away from the gum.
Repeat around the outer and inner surfaces of all teeth.
Particularly effective inter-dentally.
The whole procedure should take about 2 minutes.