Articles on tooth brushing

Importance of Brushing With Tooth Paste

Dr. Pankaj Rao, Dentist
Brushing with toothpaste is important for several reasons. First and foremost, a toothpaste and a correct brushing action work to remove plaque, a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth that cause cavities, gum disease, and eventual tooth loss if not controlled. Second, toothpaste contains fluoride, which makes the entire tooth structure more resistant to decay and promotes remineralization, which aids in repairing early decay before the damage can even be seen. Third, special ingredients in toothpaste help to clean and polish the teeth and remove stains over time. Fourth, toothpaste help freshen breath and leave your mouth with a clean feeling.What type of toothpaste should I use? As long as your toothpaste contains fluoride, the brand you buy really does not matter, neither does whether or not it is in the paste, gel or even powder form or containing a certain flavor. All fluoride toothpaste work effectively to fight plaque and cavities and clean and polish tooth enamel. Your toothpaste brand should bear the ADA (American Dental Association) seal of approval on the container, which means that adequate evidence of safety and efficacy have been demonstrated in controlled, clinical trials.If your teeth are hypersensitive to hot or cold, consider trying a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. These "desensitizing" toothpaste, which contains strontium chloride or potassium nitrate, protect exposed dentin by blocking the tubes in the teeth that are connected to nerves. Desensitizing pastes must be used for at least one month before any therapeutic effects are felt.Toothpaste containing baking soda and/or hydrogen peroxide (which are both good cleansing agents) give the teeth and mouth a clean, fresh, pleasant feeling that can offer an incentive to brush more, but fluoride is the true active ingredient at work protecting your teeth. Some prefer a tartar-control toothpaste containing pyrophosphates to prevent the build-up of soft calculus (tartar) deposits on their teeth. New pastes offer advanced whitening formulas aimed at safely removing stains to make teeth brighter and shinier, although they can't nearly match the effectiveness of a professional bleaching formula administered or prescribed by a dentist.How much should I use?Contrary to what toothpaste commercials show, the amount of paste or gel needed on your brush for effective cleaning does not have to be a heaping amount. Simply squeeze a pea-sized dab of paste on the top half of your brush. If you brush correctly, holding the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush inside, outside and between your teeth, the paste should foam enough to cover all of your teeth. Children under age 6, however, should be given a very small, baby pea-sized dab of toothpaste on their brush. Is brushing with toothpaste enough to fight cavities and gum disease?No. Although brushing thoroughly after each meal helps, flossing your teeth every day to remove plaque and food particles between teeth and at the gumline is just as important. Studies show that plaque will regrow on teeth that are completely clean within three to four hours of brushing.

Choosing Electric Tooth Brush

Dr. Himani Sanwaria, Dentist
Electric toothbrush provides a different kind of experience compared to brushing with a regular toothbrush or manual toothbrush. With a powered toothbrush, all you need to do is place the toothbrush at a 45° angle and let the toothbrush do all the work. An electric toothbrush is ideal for people who suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and any other painful or movement-restricting conditions. Since the electric toothbrush’s rotating head does all the work, the user is exempt from constantly applying effort with their wrists and hands; making dental care a much easier task.Choosing the appropriate electric toothbrush for you is easy for you if you have knowledge about the different types available in the market. The three major types of electric toothbrushes you can choose from are:Vibrating: This is used just like the manual toothbrushRotating-oscillating: This toothbrush is so easy to use. Since it is already rotating, you just have to move it from tooth to tooth. The effort on brushing is less compared to the vibrating typeSide to side: These move side to side at a very high speed that it makes them vibrate against your teeth.Complete action: These are electronic toothbrushes that have dual heads. The first head rotates while the other moves from side to side.Do you want to change your toothbrush from manual to electric? Here are the things you have to look for:Free case protector that comes along with it. It ensures that your toothbrush will be safeguarded against having dents and cracks during travelling.Small head: This will enable you to reach the back molar teeth easily, which are prone to have tartar deposition, as well as force you to brush one tooth at a time.Long lasting battery life. You want your toothbrush to work for a longer time. Frequent charging of batteries can be a hassle for some individuals in this fast pace life.Comfortable movements: It does not matter which type of electric toothbrush to pick. Be sure that you are comfortable with whatever action of toothbrush you want to pick. Ask your dentist which one they recommend and why.Electric toothbrushes are home care instrument for disease control and help make your oral hygiene routine more effective. Few studies have proven electric toothbrushes remove significantly more plaque compared to manual toothbrushes and are better at combating gum disease. Despite the studies, your dental health will remain healthy (despite which type of toothbrush you use) as long as you consistently take care of your teeth.

Selfies While Brushing Teeth Can Improve Oral Health

Dr. Pankaj Rao, Dentist
Recording smartphone video selfies of brushing teeth may help people learn techniques on how to improve their oral health, a new study suggests.While most people have the ability, motivation and desire to brush their teeth properly, they often do not because of improper techniques. Opportunities to improve such skills can also be few, researchers said.Using smart phones propped on stands, study participants filmed their brushing using their own toothbrush at home. Researchers saw an increase in the accuracy of brush strokes, an increase in number of strokes and an overall 8 percent improvement in tooth-brushing skill—but the length of time a person brushed did not change.Our study suggests that, in the future, recording these selfies can help shift some of this time investment in improving brushing to technology,” added Vernon. “Patients can then receive feedback from dental professionals.”Recording themselves as they brush makes people more conscious of their technique and can help get rid of ingrained habits that may be harmful for dental hygiene.Vernon explained that medical fields are already using the selfie concept to monitor and assess a number of conditions under a method called mobile health or “mHealth.” However, this report is the first to use the technology to study tooth-brushing behavior, according to the authors. They also hope to see a video-based monitoring app that can help oral health professionals review people’s dental hygiene.“The cost of an app could be minor, while potentially there could be major long-term benefits to a user’s oral health and quality of life,” Vernon said.Oral diseases like tooth decay and periodontal disease can be prevented by proper brushing. However, there exists no standard brushing technique that is recommended universally by oral health experts or dental organizations, Vernon explained.Before the study, participants' brushing habits were assessed and corrected until each were able to demonstrate proper technique. During the study, they were scored on time spent brushing and skill mastery, including brushing in a circular motion, obtaining a 45-degree angle while brushing facial surfaces of teeth and correct positioning of the arm.Tooth-brushing helps avert preventable oral diseases, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease, although its effectiveness depends on brushing technique; currently, there is no standard brushing technique consistently recommended by dental organizations or even by oral health experts, Vernon said.

Brush Up Your 'Toothbrushing Skills'

Sonal Herekar, Dentist
Why is proper brushing so important? Because maintaining good oral hygiene at home is the number one way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease - the deadly duo of dental distress. Tooth decay is the world’s most common chronic disease, while Periodontitis (gum disease) is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. Of course it’s important to come in to the dental office for regular exams and professional cleaning, but it’s also essential to practice good oral health habits at home—including brushing, flossing, and making healthier lifestyle choices. Working together, you and our team of Dentists can help keep your smile looking healthy and bright—throughout your whole life.Choose the Right Brush.Think about the size of your mouth. If you are straining to open wide enough to let the brush in, the brush is probably too big. It should feel good in your mouth and in your hand, so you’ll use it often.Know your bristles, too. If they're really stiff, they can hurt your gums. A soft-bristled toothbrush with a head that’s small enough to fit comfortably in your mouth, yet is able to reach all areas that need cleaning, is best suited. You should also use an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste; it doesn’t matter what brand or flavor you choose.Electric or manual toothbrush? It's an individual preference. In the end, it's not about the toothbrush, it's about how YOU brush!If your brush is more than three months old, or if the bristles are beginning to stiffen or fray, it’s time to replace it.Get a nice GripGently but firmly, grasp the toothbrush in your fingers and not your fist. Hold it against your teeth, at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Now, start making short up-and-down strokes over the surfaces of your teeth or use an Oval/Circular pattern if you prefer. Clean just a few teeth at a time; when you’re finished with one area, move on to the next, until it’s all done—and while you’re at it, brush your tongue too!Take Your TimeHow long did it take you to clean your whole mouth? If it was less than two minutes, you probably didn’t spend enough time brushing. Are you brushing enough? Twice a day is recommended, but three times a day is best. Brushing more than three times a day might not be ideal. That's because too much, can wear down your teeth's outer shell, called enamel, and damage your gums. Always use a light pressure & avoid bearing down too hard. It doesn’t take a lot of force to remove plaque.Cover All the BasesDid your brush get to all areas of your teeth—the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces, and the spaces in between? If so, your teeth should feel smooth and slick when your tongue runs over them.Control Your Sour ToothEnergy drinks, diet sodas and sour candies: even healthy things like apple juice, orange juice, and coffee -- have acid that can soften tooth enamel.If you do go for that stuff, wait half an hour before you brush. That gives your saliva time to restore tooth enamel.The mechanical action of brushing softened teeth is the perfect recipe for wearing away enamel.As always keep smiling! :)

Tips for Parents to Make Tooth-Brushing Fun!

Dr. Rashmi Punhani, Dentist
On the basis of latest statistics, parents are seriously flunking when it comes to caring for their children's teeth. A recent national survey conducted for the Indian dental association says 3 out of 4 parents admit their children don't brush regularly or frequently skip brushing altogether. A total of 600 parents with children ages 6 to 12 were surveyed. Brushing negligence affected a full 75% of respondents.                                         75% OF THE KIDS DON'T BRUSH THEIR TEETH!Researchers say dental care is simply a lower priority to parents today. Children's safety is a much bigger concern and parents are too busy. The result? They shove dental hygiene to the bottom of their list.Dental hygiene continues as a low priority even with the fact that Indian children miss more than 51 million school hours due to untreated dental illness. Needless to say, these are stats that make dentists cringe. If these many children are not brushing regularly, there could be a lot of toothless adults in the future. Poor hygiene can lead to a lifetime of dental problems.So, here are some Tips for Parents to Make Brushing Fun!Poor brushing compliance is not due to general neglect. Parents are just overwhelmed today. We understand that parents themselves admit they fail to brush their own teeth twice a day. Since children learn from example and good habits are established early, parents need to work on their own dental routines. Teeth brushing can actually be some quality time with your kids and dental hygiene doesn't have to be a chore. You are more likely to work with your child if you look forward to the task. Let's look at some suggestions...Start early with your child even when the teeth hasn't erupted. Clean the gum pads with a clean and damp gauze pieceGet your baby used to dental care between the ages of 4 to 24 monthsGet a regular brushing routine goingBest times to brush are morning and before bedtimeGet involved with your children and brush along side them.Sing a song that they can learn. It will make brushing time - quality time with your child!Buy your children a soft bristle toothbrush that fits their mouths and fits their little handsLet your child choose the toothbrush - favorite character themes work wellBe selective on toothpaste. A good fluoride toothpaste that has a child-friendly flavor is best.Remind your child that brushing is not a race.Reward your child for good brushing. Post stars on the frige with a prize your child can earn after so many stars.For a proper toothbrushing technique to be used in children, watch this video on Youtube:                            

Prevent Horror of Sensitive Teeth

Dr. Swasti Jain, Dentist
1. Use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.Some types of toothpastes are specially formulated to relieve and even prevent pain and discomfort caused by sensitive teeth. These toothpastes also contain active ingredients that protect sensitive teeth. As there are quite a few different products to choose from, ASK YOUR DENTIST, who can help you choose the one that’s right for you.2. Use a soft-bristled brush.Your choice of toothbrush plays an important role in preventing tooth sensitivity. Choose a brush with soft bristles to help prevent premature erosion of both tooth enamel and gums, which could be at the root of your tooth sensitivity.change tooth brush after 3 months3. Brush gently.Brushing your teeth too vigorously or too often can cause gum erosion and damage the enamel. Brush your teeth gently and follow your health care professional’s instructions carefully.4. Use dental products with fluoride.Fluoride is a mineral that can have positive effects on your dental health. Use a good fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to strengthen the enamel of your teeth.5. Avoid grinding your teeth.Grinding your teeth can damage the enamel. If you are grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist, who may want to fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep.they will help you with night gaurds to prevent damage by night grinding of teeth.6. Cut down on acidic foods and drinks.Acidic drinks and foods can damage tooth enamel, making them more sensitive. Common examples of acidic foods and drinks include soft drinks, white wine and citrus fruits.7. Practice good oral hygiene.It pretty much goes without saying, but brushing and flossing both play a crucial role in preventing ORAL DISEASES.8. See your dentist regularly.A professional cleaning, a regular exam and great advice are just some of the ways your dentist can help decrease the sensitivity of your teeth.