Healthy Oral Hygiene
4 AnswersDental floss holders help you floss your teeth if you have trouble doing it with floss alone. They work by securing the floss on plastic or wooden holders and are useful if you have trouble flossing with your hands. Dental floss holders are threaded each time and can be used over and over again but you can also buy disposable flossers that are already pre-threaded with dental floss. The most important thing about cleaning between your teeth is that you do it every day.
Store the brush in an upright position if possible and allow it to air dry until using it again. Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers. A moist environment, such as a closed container, is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air.
Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Bristles that become frayed and worn with use will be less effective at cleaning teeth. Look for toothbrushes that display the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
1 AnswerJonathan B. Levine, DMD, Dentistry, answeredProxy is kind of the slang name for the brushes that are specifically designed to get in between the necks of teeth. It's taken from the term inter-proximal, which means "between the necks of the teeth". This tiny compact brush fits snugly between the necks horizontally. If your dentist ever put splinted crowns (crowns that are attached to one another) in your mouth, those splinted crowns are actually designed to allow this brush to slip in between the gum line area below the contact. Proxy brushes are great at mechanically pushing bacteria and food out of the gum area to prevent future inflammation.
It’s important to note that a proxy brush shouldn’t be used on natural teeth because it could open a contact area and create a dark triangle. There’s actually a name for this; it’s called “black triangle disease”. Unless you’ve got splints, stick with floss.
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1 AnswerJonathan B. Levine, DMD, Dentistry, answeredA great invention for splinted teeth is Superfloss, which is a rigid nylon that threads between the teeth at the gum line level, instead of slipping it down through the teeth. Threading the floss in this way prevents the risk of opening up dark triangles along the gum line.
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3 AnswersA toothbrush sanitizer is a device designed to kill bacteria on a toothbrush. There are several types of toothbrush sanitizers available: some toothbrush sanitizers use ultraviolet (UV) light to destroy germs, while others use steam and dry heat. Makers of toothbrush sanitizers often claim that these devices eliminate 99% of bacteria on a toothbrush. However, the American Dental Association says that there is no evidence that there's any benefit from using a toothbrush sanitizer.
4 AnswersInterdental cleaning aids are another way to remove plaque from between the teeth. These products include special picks or sticks to get between and around teeth. People who have trouble handling dental floss may find it easier to use interdental cleaners.
You should select a toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, as these have been tested and shown to be effective. The brand doesn't matter; rather that it does a good job.
People who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush may find a powered toothbrush easier or more comfortable to use. The size and shape of the brush should fit your mouth comfortably, allowing you to reach all areas easily. Your dentist may offer suggestions about which type is suitable for your needs.
4 AnswersThe ADA recommends that you select a manual toothbrush that displays the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That's because toothbrushes that have earned the ADA Seal have been thoroughly evaluated for their safety and effectiveness. To qualify for the Seal of Acceptance, the company must show that:
- All of the toothbrush components are safe for use in the mouth
- Bristles are free of sharp or jagged edges and endpoints
- The handle material is manufacturer-tested to show durability under normal use
- The bristles won’t fall out with normal use
- The toothbrush can be used without supervision by the average adult to provide a significant decrease in mild gum disease and plaque
Choose a toothbrush that you like and find easy to use, so that you’ll use it twice a day to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth. You should also floss between your teeth once a day, and eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. This will help ensure a beautiful smile for a lifetime.
The best way to remove decay-causing plaque is by brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day. Brush your teeth twice a day, with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps protect your teeth from decay.
Both manual and powered toothbrushes can effectively and thoroughly clean your teeth. Children may find that brushing with a powered toothbrush is fun. Persons who have difficulty using a manual toothbrush may find a powered toothbrush easier to use or more comfortable. Whether you decide on manual or powered, choose a toothbrush that you like and find easy to use, so that you’ll use it twice a day to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your teeth.
When choosing any dental product, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, an important symbol of a dental product's safety and effectiveness.
5 AnswersOral irrigators direct a stream of water to remove particles of food from around and between the teeth. They may be helpful to people with braces or fixed partial dentures. They are useful for cleaning hard-to-reach areas and may help reduce gingivitis. Using an oral irrigator is not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing.