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Another title for this blog post might be “My Body, My Lab.” I’m always trying out things to see what results I get. How else would I be able to speak to my clients and friends about what they might expect from various products? Plus – I’m just plain curious about things. I should post a picture of my bathroom cupboard – you’ll see 3 electric toothbrushes, about 6 different types of manual toothbrushes and maybe about 8 different toothpastes.
My latest tooth brushing “experiment” was inspired by a speaker at the Dental Convention in January. He’s a Periodontist, Researcher, and Inventor. He showed us a slide of two petri dishes, both having a nice thick layer of Strep Mutans (a common nasty oral bacteria) grown on them. Both dishes had little discs of plastic dropped onto the suspension, but the plastic discs in Dish 2 were dipped in Probiotics first. Those discs each had a “halo of inhibition” around them – an area where the bacteria just backed away from the disc.
The most effective way to remove sticky biofilm (and peanut butter) is to scrape it off. That is best accomplished with a toothbrush and floss (tooth brushing reaches about 70% of tooth surfaces). Think back to how great your teeth felt as you were leaving my office – so smooth and “slick”. Run your tongue over your teeth right now. Do you feel some “rough” spots? That’s plaque. About once a week or so, take your dry toothbrush (no toothpaste, no water) and brush along your gumlines in tiny, gentle circles. Check with your tongue again. Those “rough” spots usually go away. That means your toothbrush has reached the areas previously missed. Then put a small smear of toothpaste on your brush and brush your tongue with it. This is the best in-between professional cleaning spiff-up you can do.
Pea Size Dollop of Tooth PasteThose TV toothpaste commercials really pour it on, balancing a twisted figure-8 blob of toothpaste on top of a toothbrush. As is typical of TV ads, it encourages wasteful consumption! A small pea-sized amount of toothpaste is plenty.
A closing word about toothpaste and mouth sores. If you have frequent break-outs of canker sores, you may hold your toothpaste suspect. Many people are sensitive to the foaming agent in it, called Sodium Laureth (or Lauryl) Sulfate, or SLS. Try Tom’s of Maine, available in stores, or Glister, available from Amway Global, the herbal toothpastes mentioned above, or any other toothpaste that doesn’t have SLS.
So now you know. Toothpaste is not necessary, but it is nice. Select one that you like or one that addresses a special need you have. Use it knowing that it is your excellent brushing technique, and not the toothpaste, that is removing plaque and keeping your gums healthy!
(c) by Victoria J. Flint, RDH, Dental Hygiene Haven
Before I start cleaning your teeth, I take a “Perio Probe” (a tiny ruler), which may feel “pokey,” and take measurements around each tooth under your gums.
You see, the visible end of your gums leans against your tooth – it’s not attached. It attaches further up or down the tooth, like a cuff. The probe tells me how deep is the “cuff.
The reason those numbers matter is that correct brushing and flossing gets under the gums about 3mm at best. If you have 4mm or 5mm “pockets,” you need specialized gadgets to reach that far under your gums. Teeth need to be cleaned all the way down to where the gums attach to them.
This picture, courtesy of Arestin(R) tells the story:
In closing, I’d like to tell you something amazing that happened. The first year Bill and I did this, we rolled up our Mind Map, put a rubber band around it and stored it in the basement. The following New Year’s Eve, we started the evening by unrolling our Mind Map to look at it. We were amazed to discover that everything on it except one thing had been accomplished (the new house we bought wasn’t on a lake). Wow! Now we hang it on a wall where we see it more often. Just walking by it and seeing it there is good. Plus, our Mind Maps have more categories now and it’s fun to make notes on it throughout the year.
One of the most important messages I focus on to help my clients achieve and maintain good oral health is how they can control oral bacteria on their own. As my tagline says, my mission is to
“Empower Tooth Owners….To STAY That Way!”
Brushing etiquette for healthy gums:
Hold brush at a 45 degree angle at the gum line Brush in small circular motions The bristles are sweeping under the gum as it leans against the tooth = gingivitis defense!
So, when it comes to Gum Disease, the game is won or lost in millimeters of space. Most of the work I do takes place under the gums, in these millimeters of space. That is my greatest service to you.
For remarkable dental hygiene services in Fort Collins, CO, trust none other than Dental Hygiene Haven. Schedule a consultation with our dental hygienist today! You may reach out to us via phone, email, or this website. Rest assured that we can deliver the dental care results you’re looking for.
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