- Oral Health
Dental Care - How To Escape the Dentist
Tooth Brush Movements
Source of Inflammation
Research has shown there is a link between tooth problems and inflammations in the human body. Small inflammatory lesions can travel through the vascular system and cause ignitions in other body parts, especially in joints.
This should motivate you to keep your teeth in perfect condition.
My dentist always wondered how I managed to keep my teeth in such perfect condition, because he never saw such perfect teeth in his practice on clients of my age, so at my last visit I explained him my own developed perfected techniques. Most dental care advices of dentists are too simple to ensure perfect dental care. The 'secret' is in the little details.
I explained my dentist it was no secret but that it was all about discipline together with a perfected technique of brushing.
Bad teeth are usually the result of lack of discipline together with poor brushing techniques, or no brushing at all.
When I was twelve years old a friend of my parents -someone who can be classified as 'alternative'- always said I had to chew at least fourty times and never mix my 'chew job' with drink. Your saliva must solve the moistening problem always by itself, because according to his theory it would keep the acidity of your saliva higher. Low acidity damages teeth especially when forces are applied. So I learned to chew in this way and never changed this habit.
Excessive use of acid drinks can cause acid erosion.
How many times a day do you brush?
To keep your teeth in perfect condition it's better, despite all the advices, to brush by hand then with an electrical brush, I developed a highly perfected brushing technique, that always ensures constant and perfect results.
- Brush always at least 30 minutes after eating or drinking. Eating and drinking lowers the acidity in your mouth, which makes your teeth vulnerable for little damages due to brushing forces;
- Keep your brush always clean and renew it two times a year. Use only soft to medium brushes, hard brushes easily damage your teeth. Only buy the best quality brushes like for example "Oral B";
- Apply approximately 1 cm toothpaste on your brush and spread this first entirely on all your teeth, so that the fluorine already starts to work and any acidity in your mouth gets quicker neutralized;
- Brush first the four chewing surfaces in the longitudinal direction with gentle force. Make only small gentile to and fro movements, long movements are too rude and less effective;
- Then start to brush gently the lateral surfaces in small circles, keeping your brush partly on your gums and partly on your teeth. Keep the tooth brush loosely in your hand and apply only very little pressure. The direction of the circular motion is very important; look on the picture how to do this. It is to ensure you massage your gums towards your teeth, to avoid rising gums. Besides this, circular movements ensure the best brushing results, similar with the polishing of metals. To perfect the skills to make this circular motions takes a few weeks of practice. Make sure you give every tooth attention;
- Repeat step 5. at least two times, preferably three times. To do this well all together step 5. takes you at least two or three minutes;
- Brush your chewing surfaces in the transverse direction, to clean the slots between the chewing surfaces of the teeth;
- Finish your job with cleaning your tongue with your brush, stick your tongue out as far as you can and clean it thoroughly. Your tongue is a favourite place for anaerobe bacteria, that causes bad breath;
- Keep perfecting your techniques with attention and dedication. If you discover new facts, you can share this in the comment field;
- The whole brushing job takes all together at least four minutes.
Some dentists give advice to hold your brush under an angle around 45°. It is claimed to be helpful to remove plaque under your gums. My advice is to keep your brush partly on your gums and partly on your teeth in a more natural way. It will result in a little angle which is enough to give the best results. Perfecting the circular motion and to get a good feeling for the massaging action of the brush and to find the perfect pressure is far more important. Keep in mind; good brushing takes real concentration and dedication.
You can print this Hub to study it while brushing. Remember good dental care has a positive influence on your entire body health.
How many times a week do you floss?
Flossing must be done two to three times a week and must be done before the brushing, because the cleaned gaps between the teeth are filled with the Fluorine of the toothpaste. Developing a perfect flossing technique takes practice and dedication.
- If you enter the wire between the teeth, don't let it jump against your gums. Enter it carefully, otherwise you can cause little damages on the very sensitive gums;
- Flossing must be done gentle around the gums and with force areas between your teeth as the places shown on the picture;
- The wire must be bend around the tooth like on the picture to ensure total removal of plaque. Pulling a stretched floss wire between your teeth is useless, because it doesn't apply force on the teeth and therefore cannot take away plaque;
- Go carefully inside the slot between gum and tooth;
- Remember the teeth that started to bleed after flossing, they need extra attention, because these teeth have more plaque;
- Make at least twenty movements to and fro while moving the wire from gums to exit and back. Repeat this cycle on the opposite side;
- Do this total cycle at least two times.
Good flossing takes you fifteen minutes! It is very important to do this with the utmost attention and care.
Do You Brush Electrical?
Is Electrical Brushing Better?
There is a simple reason manufacturers claim why electrical brushing is better, because the hand brushing techniques of most people is inferior compared with the electrical brush. I had an electrical brush for a few months, but the results were absolutely inferior to my hand brushing techniques.
This has to do with the concept of the electrical brush head:
- The swing angle is too little to arrive at the level of my hand technique;
- The tips of the bristles stay on the same place when pressed too hard on the brush;
- When lowering the force to make bristles move again the slots between the teeth aren't well brushed;
- The electrical brush moves back and forth and makes no perfect circular movement, this is not conducive to the prevention of plaque;
- The range of the electrical brush head is smaller then the polishing surface of a hand brush moved in the circular motion like on the picture.
How many times you visit the dentist per year?
Good Dentists - Bad Dentists
There are like in all professions, good dentists and bad dentists. The reason why they are good or bad is not so important, more important how you can protect yourself against a bad dentist. Of course if you always took bad care about your teeth, you're much more at the mercy of the dentist.
A few tips for you:
- No complaints - no treatment, unless the dentist can prove it is really necessary accompanied with prove like an X-ray picture. Be critical, ask questions and let the dentist explain all the details;
- If your dentist is never so willing to explain details, you better refuse treatments like drilling, it can be an over-the-top treatment. Consider to look for another dentist;
- Point your dentist on the teeth that were bleeding after flossing. Good dentists always ask to locate complaints before starting to examine your mouth;
- The most effective preventive treatment the dentist can give you is professional cleaning from plaque.
Don't drink while chewing
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The time you invest in good dental care is always profitable. If you do the brushing according to my instructions it takes you approximately 70 hours per year, less then 0.8% of all your available time. If you count all the money you would spent on denture costs, let's say $10.000 for one major repair job and probably you must do this a few times in your life - it's not difficult to calculate good dental care is not a waste of time.
Besides this taking care of your teeth gives positive health results on the long-term.