Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Answers to your frequently asked dental questions.....!

               Most of the patients aim at maintaining their oral hygiene in all the ways possible before landing up in a dentist's office.Maintaining the oral health reflects from the tooth care products and patient generally are intrigued whether their usage is at its best.So this blog will be addressing the common questions on dental care products....Brushing up the on the dental products!!!

Q.1.Which is the best tooth paste to use?
               Even though the best approach in finding the best tooth brush is by visiting your dentist,with wide range of products in market you must know the common facts.Basically choose a paste that the Indian Dental Association (IDA) approves.Approval from IDA just means they are safe and effective to use but does not evaluate or endorse its performance.Choose a paste that contains fluoride to fight cavity.We generally recommend a plain paste form over gel form or those that contain crystals.Any plain paste acceptant to your taste will do well.Using any paste will just remove the surface stains.Any whitening tooth paste will increase your shade by one.For better improvements ask for dental office bleaching. Sensitivity tooth pastes are to be used only when the tooth is sensitive.Once the sensitivity decline you can get back to normal paste.
A word of caution for kids: a peanut size amount of paste only to be used so children tend to swallow.Swallowing too much can lead to discoloration of permanent teeth.

Q.2. Which is the Best brush to use?
                  Bristles play a major role in selection of tooth brush.We recommend medium bristles for adults.Soft bristles don't effectively remove plaque.It is recommended only when the teeth are sensitive and post gum treatment for few days.Hard bristles actually damage your teeth by wearing off the tooth structure.Choose a brush that its head portion is suitable for you,that is, it should touch 2 teeth a time.However different head designs suitable for your mouth can be suggested by your dentist.Do not forget to change your brush 3 months once.A fanned out brush means its time for new one.

Powered or electronic tooth brushes are also available.Not much of a difference brushing manually or by powered brushed.Its just Powered brushes get the job done easier.

Q.3.How to choose a powered brush?
                       Powered tooth brushes are easy to be used by

  • patients with arthiritis
  • elderly people
  • braces patients
  • physically challenged people
  • people with maligned teeth
Sonic powered brushes: This brush makes 30,000 to 40,000 strokes per minutes compared to 300 per minute when brushed by hand.This brush rotates back and forth ,and that's how a dentist recommend.In addition this brush flushes water between teeth and gum line making it more effective in removing plaque.
This is how sonic brush works.

Electric tooth brushes:Makes 3000 to 7500 strokes.Bristles rotate individually.Effective in gingivitis.

Q.4.Food gets stuck between,just brushing is not helping.Rescue options?
                            Water picks,Dental floss,inter dental brushes are available for rescue.Water pick jus removes the trapped food between tooth or in orthodontic braces.Flossing is difficult to be done during ortho treatment,otherwise flossing regularly will prevent you from decay between teeth.Flossing is technique sensitive at beginning but by practice it becomes as easy as brushing.Flossing is recommended when teeth are in tight contact whereas Inter-dental brushes are used when there are gaps.Get the help from your dentist to know how promptly to use these products.

A waterpik
A inter-dental brush

Q.5.Do I need to use mouth wash regularly?
                              Mouthwash just freshen your breathe.Using a anti-bacterial rinse will ward off gum disease and fluoride mouth wash will fight cavities.But generally a mouth wash  just gives additive effect of mouth refreshing.This may mask the symptoms of gum disease.So regular use it not recommended by us.Its suffice to use post-cleaning or any treatment just for 15 days. Certain mouth washes can stain your teeth.

Other queries will be answered in the following blogs.
To make a right and best choice for your mouth,contact us @ GUMS AND TEETH DENTAL CLINIC.
medavakkam-mambakkam road,medavakkam-100
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phone no. 9962497766

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