Nairobi Premier dental clinic is not only focused on giving you quality service but we also strive to keep both our current and potential clients well informed about their oral health. The following are steps that one can undertake to ensure that they take good care of their oral health:
How to Brush Your Teeth
The first step is to choose a good toothbrush, we usually advice the use a soft brush with a small head. A soft brush is hard enough to remove plaque, yet gentle enough not to damage your teeth or gums. The first rule of brushing is to start from a specific location and work your way to the opposite side, continuing all the way through the whole mouth so that you end where you started. This way you won’t miss any area. Usually a pea-sized amount of toothpaste is enough. An adequate brushing should take at least 2 minutes but preferably around 4 minutes. There are a variety of techniques for brushing your teeth, but one of the most popular ones is described as follows: Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle toward the teeth and gums. Gently press against the gums so the tips of the bristles go in between the gum and the teeth. Then apply a few lateral strokes and roll the brush down to sweep the plaque away from the teeth and the gum. Repeat this motion 6 to 10 times and move on to the next area of 2 to 3 teeth. If your mouth is full of foam, spit it out and continue brushing. Your brushing is completed when you have brushed all the surfaces of your teeth, not when your mouth is full! On chewing surfaces, short strokes work best to get the plaque out of the grooves and pits. When brushing the back side of your front teeth, hold your brush vertically to be able to reach the teeth better. As far as frequency of brushing is concerned, ideally teeth should be brushed after each meal. But if this is not possible, brush at least twice a day – that is in the morning after breakfast and before going to bed in the evening. You can always visit Nairobi Premier Dental Clinic to schedule an oral check up.
The surfaces between teeth are not easily accessible by toothbrush; therefore, the best way to clean them is by flossing. The ideal frequency for flossing is like brushing: ideally after each meal, though once a day (before going to bed) is the minimum required. The first step is to have a dental floss. These are available in most chemists or we can always advice on where to get them. Always use dental floss that is around 60 cm in length. Wrap both sides of the floss around your middle fingers. Using your index and thumb, glide the floss in between all of your teeth one by one. When flossing, make sure you are not cutting your gums. The goal is to clean the teeth surfaces, not the gums. In the space in between the teeth, press the floss against each side of the tooth (hug the tooth) and gently move it back and forth and up and down. Then move to the opposite surface of the adjacent tooth. Visit our clinic to get further tips on dental flossing.
Bad breath has always been an issue to some people in the society. There are a few different causes of bad breath that range from stomach problems to diet and teeth problems, most of these issues can be found in the mouth. They are:
i) Gum diseases
ii) Teeth Cavities (when they have food particles stuck on them)
iii) Tongue (when bacteria grow the papilla)
iv) Extraction sites during healing
v) Dentures when not cleaned properly
vi) Alcohol and Tobacco
The first step of someone suffering from bad breath is always to undergo a dental check up. This will enable the dentist to know the source of the bad breath. However it should be noted that there are other sources of bad breath that are non-dental such as:
i) Infection of air passages
iii) Sore throat
iv) Some food
Dental Health and Diet
Whenever bacteria are present, sugar play an instrumental role in tooth decay. Therefore it is important to consider the frequency of our sugar intake. The amount of sugar is not necessarily a factor in tooth decay but how often you take the sugar is the one that matters. On that note intake of sugary foodstuff should be limited or if possible brush your teeth after a sitting. The sources of sugar are not limited to anything sweet. Most food stuff contains sugar, so you have to be aware of this. Bread is such one food stuff and care needs to be taken. Acidic foodstuff is another group that may the teeth structure. Lime, grapefruits, lemons etc can cause erosion of the teeth and excessive consumption should be avoided.
Fluoride and Decay Prevention
Fluoride strengthens the enamel and reduces the chances of tooth decay. Therefore it is important especially for children to have a source of fluoride. In most areas fluoride is found naturally in water but it can also be found in toothpaste, mouthwash. There are also fluoride tablets available for children.