The usual way for brushing teeth is effective when you have seemingly perfect teeth, and 30 seconds of brushing is ok. But if you have crooked and missing teeth 30 seconds and normal routine just won’t cut it; you can actually make your teeth a lot worse by not taking care of your teeth by effective brushing.
So what about mouthwash, is these going to fix the problem?
Actually no and yes; mouthwash has been linked with oral cancer, and should not be used to replace brushing; it has some health benefits though with removing bacteria, but should be used in conjunction with good hygiene habits.
So what about standard brushing?
If you brush too hard you will probably do more harm than good, so be efficient not rough. Also if you’re going to be brushing your crooked teeth, you may find that you will also need to use dental floss to get between the gaps of your teeth to remove bits of food; sometimes you will have overlapping teeth though and flossing will become a real chore when trying to get the angles right for the dental tape/floss.
It’s probably best to get invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth if they are too crooked or badly aligned; that will cost money and take time, but well worth it in the long run, and getting it done will make your nightly/morning routines easier.
Get a good toothbrush, with medium soft bristles, and an electric toothbrush in conjunction with that; sonic usually works better, but cost more though.
Conclusion: Use regular brushing in conjunction with an electric toothbrush to prolong the life of the electric toothbrush heads; brush with the normal toothbrush, and use the electric one after rinsing to get the bits you missed between your teeth from regular brushing. If you are comfortable with using dental floss/strips then use them too if need be.
Recently the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) brought out some new guidelines for improving dentistry and general dental practice. The leading charity British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF) has welcomed these new guidelines, and believes they will help dental practices make better informed decisions regarding dental care and promotion of oral health.
An outline of these guidelines, is advice on Oral hygiene and the use of fluoride; diet, smoking, smokeless tobacco and alcohol intake. There are two areas of the guideline, that are set to make a big impact on general dental practices, and the challenges that will arise as a result of these proposed changes; these are as follows:
- The challenge: delivering patient‑centred oral health advice.
- The challenge: developing new incentives for general dental teams to improve people’s oral health.
Who are these guidelines for?
- Dental care professionals – this includes dental hygienists, dental nurses, dental therapists, dental technicians and orthodontic therapists.
- Dental practice owners and managers.
- Dental practice administrative staff, including receptionists.
- Directors of public health, dental public health consultants and strategic leads who plan local dental services.
- Dental bodies corporate.
- People responsible for educating dental professionals.
- Members of the public
For a more in-depth analysis, and the two focus areas of the guidelines, you can check out the NICE guidelines for December 2015 on their website.
Sterilization and the prevention of cross contamination are extremely crucial in health care. In fact, it is a primary role for all dental assistants. Dental assistants make extensive use of Personal protective equipment (PPE) for all dental surgery procedures. It is therefore important to understand the fact that once PPE has been established, the acknowledgements of clean, semi clean and dirty are put in place in the dental surgery.
How to clean a dental surgery
In the process of cleaning a dental surgery, it is strongly advised that we always start with the cleanest surfaces and gradually proceed to cleaning what is considered to be most dirty or contaminated. Some of the clean zones include sterilized instruments, equipment and other medication. Common contaminated zones around the dental surgery usually include the items which are used in treating patients coupled by each and everything which comes into contact with this zone.
One of the most crucial lessons children can learn as they grow up is how to take care of their teeth, gums and mouth properly. As you get older you can undo a little bit of the damage caused by poor dental hygiene but it can be expensive and, depending on your childhood eating and brushing habits, difficult to undo damage. Eating a lot of sugary foods as a youngster, coupled with poor dental hygiene, can cause irreversible damage.
So it is very important to teach your children from a young age how to take care of their mouths properly – much like they have done in America. You need to teach about flossing, brushing, tongue hygiene and, crucially, gum maintenance. It’s small changes, but it’s very important to get into a habit from a young age so that they carry it forward into adult life. It’s important to give them the proper equipment that they need as well.
After years of talking about dental care and here I am; having just got back from a trip to the dentist. I had a check up yesterday and, because of how close my lower left and right 1 and 2 are I had to go to the hygienist to have a little bit of stuff cleaned off my lower teeth. I had to have some anaesthetic, such was the vigorousness of the treatment, and my face is now recovering very slowly. I can’t eat or drink just yet since I would probably end up spilling it down myself in the most embarrassing way.
The cost of treatment, too, can be prohibitive to many people. When it comes to health, though, people tend to be a little bit more loose on their purse strings. Dentists, though, given that they’re typically not on the NGS register, tend to see their patients much less frequently. A word of advice? Even if you think you’re doing well it would be worth a check up.