While it should not take the place of daily brushing and flossing, mouthwash is good to add to your daily oral hygiene routine. The benefit of using a mouthwash is that it can reach areas not easily accessed by a toothbrush.
Basically there are two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwash may temporarily control bad breath and leave behind a pleasant taste. If it doesn’t contain any ingredients that can kill bacteria, it would be considered cosmetic. Therapeutic mouthwashes on the other hand, contain ingredients that control or reduce conditions like bad breath, gingivitis, plaque, and tooth decay.
When choosing a mouthwash, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Approval. Mouthwashes offer additional benefits such as reducing the risk of bad breath, cavities, or gum disease; or for relief of dry mouth or pain from oral sores
Remember, children younger than the age of 6 should not use mouthwash because of the risk of swallowing.
So use your mouthwash, either before or after brushing. Your teeth, mouth and gums will feel better for it.
It’s important to schedule regular dental checkups. The ADA recommends that you see your dentist every six months. During this time the dentist (or dental hygienist) will probably evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination and examine your mouth for any signs of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
Don’t be surprises if your dentist checks for plaque and tartar build up. One of the reasons we have you come so often is that plaque and tartar can build up quickly if good oral hygiene is not practiced at home. This plaque can lead to gum disease.
Here is a list of some of the things the dentist will look for during your examination:
- Examine your gums
- Will look for signs of gum disease.
- Check for loose teeth
- Examine your tongue
- Check your bite
- Look for visual evidence of tooth decay
- Check for broken teeth
- Check for damaged fillings
- Look for changes in the gums covering teeth
- Evaluate your dental appliances
- Check the contact between your teeth
- Take X-rays
The trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be a bad experience. We at Brogdon Dental want to make sure you have as enjoyable experience as possible. Call us today to schedule your Checkup. Hopefully you will see how essential it can be.
Do you ever wonder why your dentist recommends you come back to see them every six months? Not only to we enjoy seeing you, but regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. It’s also up to you to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy between those visits. Plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
After your dental exam we will perform a dental cleaning which consist of:
- Checking the cleanliness of your teeth and gums
- Removing any plaque and tartar
- Polishing your teeth
- Flossing between your teeth
- Reviewing recommended brushing and flossing techniques
Once we are finished with your cleaning, we’ll tell you more about the health of your teeth and gums and make any recommendations we feel is warranted. Remember, by seeing our staff at Brogdon Dental on a routine basis (at least every 6 months) and following our recommendations of good, daily oral hygiene practices, you can be sure that you will keep your teeth and gums healthy. And isn’t that what it’s all about?
Here are some more fun facts about teeth from 123dentist.com…
- The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.
- No two people have the same set of teeth.
- Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
- Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.
- Teeth start to form even before you are born—milk teeth or baby teeth start to form when the baby is in the womb, but they come through when the child is between 6-12 months old.
- If you get your tooth knocked out, put it in milk and hold it in your mouth—this will help your tooth to survive longer. Make sure you see a dentist right away.
- Toothpicks are the object most often choked on by Americans.
Here are some interesting facts about teeth, courtesy of the Children’s Dental Village.
- The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
- People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.
- Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.
- More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
- If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
- If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!
- More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
- 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.
- Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
- Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day.
- The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day.
So brush and floss your teeth, drink plenty of water and SMILE…
Did you ever think about where dental floss came from or when it was invented?
According to Wikipedia…
Levi Spear Parmly, a dentist from New Orleans, is credited with inventing the first form of dental floss. In 1819, he recommended running a waxen silk thread “through the interstices of the teeth, between their necks and the arches of the gum, to dislodge that irritating matter which no brush can remove and which is the real source of disease.” He considered this the most important part of oral care. Floss was not commercially available until 1882, when the Codman and Shurtleft company started producing unwaxed silk floss. in 1898, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation received the first patent for dental floss that was made from the same silk material used by doctors for silk stitches.
Nylon floss was developed during World War II by Dr Charles C Bass. He found it to be better than silk because of its texture which was more resistant and that it could be produced in various lengths and sizes.
Today, variety of dental flosses are available. Waxed, unwaxed monofilaments and multifilaments are most popular. Thicknesses and widths vary. Some waxed types of dental floss are said to contain antibacterial agents.
No matter what type or size of floss you choose, it’s important to floss once a day before or after brushing to allow the fluoride from the toothpaste to reach between the teeth.
When we think of the month of July, we usually think of Independence Day… the 4th of July. But do we think about all the freedoms we have in this country? One of the freedoms we have is the ability to go to the dentist. In many countries, dentist and dental opportunities are non-existent. We in America, take often these conveniences for granted, but we should be thankful that most cities and even small towns offer dentist that can help you keep your smile looking great and will be there for you during any dental emergencies.
When you reflect on your blessings and the great freedoms we experience in our country, let’s not forget to be thankful for our dentist and dental hygienist that work hard to make sure we have the best smile possible. Thank you Dr. Brogdon and Dr. McKinney for your service.