– Brush your teeth at least twice per day (before breakfast after dinner)
– Brush with a soft round bristle toothbrush
– Brush with stillman or Bass technique based on gum and tooth condition (see video for all Brushing techniques).
– Brush your gums very gently. (The correct bushing motion is a circular massaging technique along the gum line rather than vigorous brushing back and forth. Vigorous brushing can injure your gums).
– Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue which will remove additional bacteria and freshen your breath.
– Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after an illness. Which comes first.
– Use a toothpaste with added fluoride for cavity protection.
It is essential to floss your teeth at least once each day for optimal dental health. When you brush teeth. You are removing plaque from the surface of your teeth…
Fluoride can be a gel, foam or a liquid and comes in many flavors. It helps prevent cavities by fixing the first tiny stages of tooth decay and slowing down the growth of bacteria. It is very important for kids over the age of 5 years old to get fluoride treatments to enhance the strength of the forming baby adult teeth. In adults, when the teeth are fully formed and erupted, it is helpful to decrease the sensitivity of teeth.
If kids ingest too much fluoride – which is usually from swallowing fluoride enhanced toothpastes – white spot can occur on the teeth. This is called fluorosis, to prevent this, ensure that your child is properly spitting out the tooth paste after brushing, or just use the mechanical action of the toothbrush without toothpaste to brush their teeth.
Xylitol is a chemical compound sweetener with the formula C5H12O5. It is a colorless or white crystalline solid that is soluble in water.
Xylitol is used as a food additive and sugar substitute. In manufactured products, such as drugs or dietary supplements, confections, toothpaste, and chewing gum. Xylitol has negligible effects on blood sugar because it is metabolized independently of insulin. Xylitol supplies 40% fewer calories than table sugar.
Studies have determined that xylitol boosts dental health and helps prevent tooth decay.
Xylitol reduces caries by increasing saliva and killing streptococcus mutans the bacteria which is most responsible for plaque and caries in the mouth.
In other word, when you chew gum with xylitol or use it as a sweetener, the harmful bacteria in your mouth starve to death and reduced levels of bad bacteria by 27-75% while friendly bacteria levels remained constant, and can reduce cavities and tooth decay by 30-85%.