14Nov

Importance of Using the Right Oral Hygiene Devices

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Teeth Cleaning Tools

Although it may come as a shock to some, the biggest cause of tooth loss in adults aged 35 and over has nothing to do with decay. While cavities will always play a role in it, the biggest offender is periodontal disease, a gum infection that eats away the tissue and bone that hold the teeth in place. It begins as gingivitis, and as it progresses into full-blown periodontitis, pockets will form around each tooth, providing bacteria with secluded hiding places and dragging your pearly whites into a self-perpetuating cycle of doom.

The good news is that it doesn't have to be that way. There are things you can do to prevent periodontal disease and to stop it in its tracks once it has taken hold. Here are some recommendations.

      1. Use a hard-working toothbrush. Although any brush is better than none, don't overlook the benefits of an electric model. Sonicare and its close relatives are safe to use, and their talent for covering a larger area in a smaller amount of time makes them that much more efficient. The thousands of strokes that these devices generate per minute beat by a mile anything you can possibly manage manually. Despite the greater initial cost of electric models, studies show that those who brush with them daily show lower levels of plaque and fewer examples of gum disease.
      2. Floss like you mean it. Even the most efficient toothbrush can have trouble reaching the narrow spaces between the teeth. That's where floss comes in. It's the best means yet of doing away with bacteria-rich plaque that loves to build up in those narrow spaces. Although dental plaque is bound to promote gum disease and cavities, it has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Left to grow unchecked, it can cause bad breath, instigate heart disease, contribute to diabetes and even increase your body mass. Just a few minutes a day with dental floss can save you from all that.
      3. Flush that plaque away. Rinsing your mouth with water from a glass may wash away plaque that's already dissolved, but it won't do a thing to improve the health of your gums. That's where the oral irrigator can make a difference. Alternatively known as a dental water jet, it hits the area around your teeth with a medium-pressure stream at a vigorous 1,200 pulses each minute to remove 99 percent of stubborn plaque biofilm from treated areas.
      4. Lose the fear of fluoride. While some people still view it as a potentially dangerous medicinal element, the regular use of fluoride mouthwash and toothpaste can reward you with a 40 percent reduction in dental cavities. Fluoride is a mineral that already occurs naturally in water, albeit in amounts too small to influence anyone’s dental health. Communities that have added it to their water supply have seen a lower rate of cavities, extractions and root canals compared to numbers seen in areas that lacked this extra protection.
      5. Consider the use of a night guard. You may have the habit of grinding your teeth either during the day or as you sleep. You cam easily catch yourself doing it while awake, but unless someone tells you otherwise, morning facial pain and unexplained dental damage may be all that exist to clue you in to your habit of grinding at night. Either way, the friction that this practice generates can do irreparable harm to the teeth. The use of a custom night guard will provide a soft cushion to prevent tooth destruction and collateral pain in the face and jaw.
      6. Always carry interdental stimulators. When you're constantly grabbing food on the go, it's hard to treat your teeth with the after-meal care they deserve. Interdental stimulators can help. Most can be had in plastic or wood, and when used between the teeth after eating, they gently remove food particles and plaque from obscure hiding places with no additional muss or fuss. These devices take up little room in your pocket or purse, and your gums will thank you for using them.
      7. Don't forget regular professional cleanings. When it comes to the health of your teeth and gums, no over-the-counter device can come close to providing the cleaning you'll get while relaxing in your dentist's chair.

These oral care solutions are easy to obtain and simple to use. Once they've become second nature, you're sure to see a reduction in dental misery along with an improvement in your overall health. Don't let bacteria wreak havoc with your teeth and gums. It's your mouth. Isn't it worth a little preventative care?