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By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
October 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: brushing  

Most of us know the rules for good oral hygiene. Floss every day, brush at least twice a day to maintain good oral health and to prevent brushingcavities and gum disease. But in order for the brushing to be effective, using the right type of toothbrush and technique is just as important as frequency. Dr. Adel Mansour, a dentist at Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, Hunters Creek and Orlando, FL advises patients to take control of their oral health by scheduling regular dental exams and professional cleanings, and to discuss the best at home dental care procedures to keep the teeth and gums healthy in between visits.

Preventive Dentistry in Hunterscreek, Kissimmee, Hunters Creek and Orlando

As with any long-term routine, many of us brush and floss our teeth on "autopilot," without giving much thought to things like technique or angles. The first mistake many people make is using the wrong size toothbrush. A brush that is too large for the mouth can cause strain and make it difficult to adequately brush the harder to reach teeth in the back. The brush should feel comfortable and move easily over the entire surface of the teeth (front and back). Bristles are also important, as they can irritate the gums and increase the risk of gum recession if they are too hard. Using a brush with softer bristles and using firm but gentle strokes will help to protect the gums.

While brushing side to side might come naturally, holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and using gentle up and down strokes protect the gums from irritation, and helps to clean the areas between the teeth. Keeping the brush clean and allowing the bristles to dry in between brushing is important to avoid bacteria buildup, and replacing the brush every 3-4 months is recommended for best results.

Find a Dentist in Kissimmee, Hunters Creek and Orlando

When done correctly, daily brushing and flossing, in conjunction with regular visits to the dentist are the best ways to avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Contact Central Florida Cosmetic and Family Dentistry by calling (407) 483-9990 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mansour today.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
December 23, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   brushing   flossing  

We humans have been cleaning our teeth for millennia. While the tools and substances have changed (we don't use twigs or pumice anymore), the reasons haven't: we want a nice, fresh smile and a clean-feeling mouth.

Objectively, though, oral hygiene has one primary purpose — to remove dental plaque, the whitish film of bacteria that grows on unclean tooth surfaces and at the gum line. Removing this decay-causing film can drastically reduce your risk of dental disease.

Effective oral hygiene depends on two primary tasks: brushing and flossing. You should perform these tasks at least once (flossing) or twice (brushing) in a 24-hour period. Brushing involves a simple technique. You hold your toothbrush (a well-designed, multi-tufted brush) in your fingertips with the same pressure as you would a pen or pencil. You then gently scrub all of the tooth surfaces starting at the gum line, holding the brush at a 45-degree. “Gently” is the key word here: it's possible to damage your tooth and gum surfaces by brushing too vigorously.

While brushing seems easier for people to fit into their daily routine, flossing seems to be harder. It's just as important, though, because over half of plaque accumulation occurs between teeth, in areas where brushing can miss. Like brushing, flossing isn't difficult to do. Holding a strip of floss taut by your fingers between both hands, and gently slipping the floss between your teeth you form a “C” shape around each tooth surface as you apply pressure onto the one surface you are cleaning. Gently move the floss up and down for three or four strokes or until you hear a squeaky clean sound (that's when you know the surface is clean). Then you go to the other tooth surface by lifting the floss above the gum line so that you don't damage the gum tissue in between the teeth.

You should also schedule regular checkups and cleanings with our office to supplement your daily routine. Professional cleanings remove any hidden plaque that brushing and flossing may have missed. A checkup also gives us a chance to evaluate how well your hygiene program is progressing. Our partnership in proper oral hygiene can make all the difference in you avoiding tooth decay and other dental diseases.

If you would like more information on proper oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene Behavior.”