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Toothbrushes and Oral Prophylaxis

By: | Tags: | Comments: 0 | February 21st, 2016

Oral health is a must for everyone. We all know that we’re supposed to brush twice a day, floss, and rinse. Proper oraly hygiene habits are beneficial for you as it removes food debris and other plaque inducing compositions from our mouth.

Brushing your teeth removes leftover food from your mouth. Flossing safely removes food debris that may be stuck between teeth. While cleaning your mouth, it’s equally important to choose the right toothbrush and floss as it is to use them regularly.

An electric toothbrush has a rotating or vibrating head which works well for extra teeth cleaning power. Tests have proven that an electric toothbrush that has both oscillating and pulsating heads is often more effective in removing plaque than a standard toothbrush. An electric toothbrush may also be introduced to kids as a fun way of brushing.

As important as brushing regularly is, brushing effectively is key, too. Focus not only on your molars but also every angle of all teeth. Additinally, brush gently on your gums.

Despite all the efforts in the world to clean your teeth, a professional teeth cleaning or checkup is often necessary. Scheduling an oral prophylaxis (a fancy word for teeth cleaning) twice a year is a must. This ensures that plaque isn’t building up, helps prevent cavities, and allows for early diagnosis of other oral health issues that may be on the horizon.

During a teeth cleaning, your dentist will clean along and below the gumline to eliminate plaque build-up and tartar. Left untreated, these areas can lead to gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.

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