Oral hygiene is the practice of keeping one’s mouth clean and free of disease and other problems (e.g. bad breath) by regular brushing and cleaning between the teeth. It is important that oral hygiene be carried out on a regular basis to enable prevention of dental disease. The most common types of dental disease are tooth decay (cavities, dental caries) and gum diseases, including gingivitis, and periodontitis. Regular brushing consists of brushing twice a day: after breakfast and before going to bed. Cleaning between the teeth is called interdental cleaning and is as important as tooth brushing. This is because a toothbrush cannot reach between the teeth and therefore only cleans 50% of the surfaces. There are many tools to clean between the teeth, including floss, flossettes, and interdental brushes. It is up to each individual to choose which tool he or she prefers to use.
There is no proof that you even need to completely sanitize your toothbrush. So you may skip this step if you want to. If you are a little paranoid and just want to ensure that your toothbrush stays clean then sanitize it in solution about once a week.
As the field becomes more competitive, students with a bachelor’s degree will stand out for both dental office roles and advanced positions. This four-year degree – often offered as a Bachelor of Science (BS) – immerses students in an all-round educational experience that incorporates dental hygiene classes, basic science courses and a general education curriculum. While many of the same topics comprising the associate degree are included, the difference is the depth to which they are covered. Rather than simply teaching students how to educate their patients on good oral health, programs at this level specify different care plans for a variety of ages and populations, ranging from school children to individuals who are socially disadvantaged.Many students who already hold an associate degree elect to use their credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Prerequisites for these learners include courses and lab work in chemistry, anatomy, biology, psychology, physiology, microbiology, and nutrition alongside classes in English, speech and sociology. Once admitted, common courses include:
To accomplish this with a Sonicare, you simply need to: 1) Pick a brush that has Sonicare’s best brushing action (as discussed above), so this task is as easy for you as possible. 2) Use the brush until that point when you have effective cleaned your teeth (stop when your teeth are clean, not necessarily once the two minute timer has signaled).
A full review of the patient’s medical history to identify the patient’s systemic health, as well as establishing a provisional diagnosis. The provisional diagnosis is generated following a comprehensive oral examination, data collection and radiographic interpretation.
Oil pulling also does wonders. I am a firm believer that there are natural ways to aid in clean and healthy teeth instead of all the chemicals dentists use. My teeth are cavity free and clean and shiny from oil pulling. If you haven’t tried it, I suggest you look it up and try for a couple weeks. Amazing results. No harm in trying, right?
^ Boner, B. C., Clarkson, J. E., Dobbyn, L., Khanna, S. (2011). “Slow-release fluoride dental devices for the control of dental decay” (Cochrane Review Abstract). Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, 45(1), p.21. doi: 10.1002/14651858.cd005101.pub2.
This paper is hardly new nor the definitive word on this subject, but notice how it states that the pressure applied when brushing is a significant factor in causing dentinal wear (which equates to root wear, abrasion). Opting for the most effective brushing mode and being extremely conscious of the amount of pressure you are using might make an acceptable compromise.
They are quite unsightly and can spoil a lovely smile, so cleaning is a really useful thing for patients. It cannot, of course, be a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. If you want your teeth to stay healthy (and in your mouth), you need to clean properly, avoid eating too much sugar, and be on friendly terms with your local dental specialist.
This phase is continuous throughout treatment, allowing the dental professional along with the patient to monitor the patients oral health status and assists in recognizing the need for change or amendment to the previously formulated treatment plan, according to the patients specific needs. Treatment is monitored using accurate periodontal charting and clinical observation of hard and soft tissues by the dental professional. The results of the periodontal charting and clinical observation dictates what follows the non-surgical periodontal phase. The three generalised outcomes that may result are essentially;
I’m not a chemist so I’m not sure how much baking soda would be required to cancel out the effectiveness of the vinegar but since my recipe calls for just 2 tsp of baking soda there’s probably still enough vinegar left to do some disinfecting. The baking soda addition does add the bubbles which can assist is removing grime from the toothbrush. If someone is really, really concerned about maximizing the disinfecting aspect of the mixture, they could simply place them in the vinegar first and then add the baking soda later. This works for us and our family. We are rarely sick and have had no problems at all. There was a study put out by the University of Florida saying that the mixture was an effective cleaning agent but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Thanks for your comment, Serena.
If disease is present, secondary prevention may be necessary, the cause of disease should be identified and noted, and the relevant professional movement should be identified and patient instruction for dental plaque control established in an attempt to reinstate a healthy oral condition. Therefore, mechanical and chemical plaque control are involved in this phase. This may be via;
You may not have toddlers toting your toothbrush around the house, but with Autumn just around the corner, there’s a chance you’ll need to disinfect your toothbrush. Perhaps you’ll catch a cold or virus right after you pull out a new toothbrush. Maybe you’ll just want to disinfect a toothbrush while your sick. Whatever the reason, here are a few ways to disinfect a toothbrush that may come in handy.
The main draw of an electric toothbrush for kids in a digital age is the ability to use a toothbrush with an app (read: game). The Sonicare app is our favorite because it actually pairs with the toothbrush. In contrast, the Oral-B app is simply a timer meaning kids can log brushing sessions even if they don’t have a toothbrush in hand. In addition, a parental pin code on the Sonicare allows you to access the parent’s dashboard where you can track the progress of your kids’ brushing and even set up additional rewards. For example, if they brush 10 days in a row, you can set a personalized reward. Our tester’s parent reported “the Oral-B was more engaging for her than the Sonicare — she looked at the app a lot more.” This may be because the Oral-B uses popular Disney characters and plays songs when it’s time to switch from the top teeth to the bottom.
AMEN, James!!! I LOVE that “fresh clean” feeling that I have first following a thorough cleaning at the dentist office. However, not everyone can AFFORD to have dental services done. This article helps those of us who don’t have $$$ to pay for the “luxury” of seeing a dentist
The Philips Sonicare 2 Series is our top pick for offering an effective clean without feeling gimmicky. As a sonic toothbrush, its brushing head vibrates rapidly to help remove plaque. Our testers reported that this style caused the least amount of irritation to their gums when compared to oscillating models from brands like Oral-B. It has a two-minute timer, divided into four 30-second segments, to ensure you brush long enough to effectively clean your teeth and gums but not so long that you damage them. At $40, the Sonicare 2 is a solid investment in improving your dental health.
This is what happened to me as well, sounded great at first but then all of these people are saying that they regret their choice of becoming a Dh. But then again, I’m sure every occupation will have the same type of opinions about it.
Remember that sonicare toothbrush heads are exceptionally high quality, and this can make them a little more expensive than manual toothbrushes. They are certainly worth it however, and if you want to save some money when it comes to buying replacement head, you should consider purchasing multiple heads at the same time.
First, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with ½ teaspoon of salt into the cup. After you wet the toothbrush with warm water, dip it into the mixture. Scrub teeth with it and spit. Continue the same process for five minutes.
If I still had insurance that allowed a dentist, I would go in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen. I am lucky to have enough money for gas a week before I get another check. I will do anything not to get bad teeth until I can get on my feet again after I finish school.
Thank you for the time you took to research and write this article. You answered every question I had and would have taken me hours to research on my own. I now know what I need and more importantly what I don’t need. Thanks again for all your help.
Designed specifically for dental hygienists with an associate’s or certificate, a degree-completion program results in a baccalaureate degree. You must have a license to practice in order to enroll. Since the program is designed for dental hygienists who are already working, you’ll find that some schools offer their curriculum completely online or in a hybrid format. In many cases, you won’t be required to fulfill clinical requirements.
Thanks for your comments. I’m a dental hygienist and I totally concur. Calculus does not only build up above the gum line but also below it destroying the tissues that hold the teeth in the jawbone. This is called periodontal disease and it has negative implications for heart health as well. The bacteria released into the blood stream could lead to a heart attack in a susceptible individual. If people desire to have healthy teeth and gums, they need to floss every day and brush properly with a soft brush, then see a dental professional for cleaning and exams every 6 months.
Wet the bristles. Take whatever toothpaste you’re using (be it for cavities, teeth whitening or for bad breath) and squeeze out a half inch of it on the bristles of the Sonicare toothbrush. Quickly scrub the bristles all over your teeth, spreading the toothpaste. Once you turn on the toothbrush and the sonic pulsations begin, it will be difficult to disperse it and this ensures that every part of the mouth is covered by toothpaste.
We really think that Sonicare did a reasonable job with their app. But from the standpoint of the average person who just needs a good, effective electric toothbrush, it contributes too little at too much cost.
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