How exciting! My first blog! I’m going to talk about one of the most important aspects of a dental hygiene appointment, home care. What do I mean when I say home care? I mean how often, and with which technique patients brush their teeth, and what products they use for interdental cleaning. I’ll talk about toothpaste and other aids in my next post.
I have over 8 years of experience working in the dental field, and during these years I’ve come across a LOT of products. It can really be overwhelming in the oral care aisle. If you don’t know what to look for, you can actually do damage to your gums and even teeth.
In my mobile dental hygiene practice, I like to focus my appointment around the patient’s habits at home and give them the means to maintain their oral health at home. This is more important than the actual cleaning since dental hygienists should only be an adjunct to anyone’s oral care routine. You see me once every 3 months, but you clean your own teeth 2 times a day (or at least should be). If the patient is not doing this properly, than gingivitis and periodontal disease can quickly become a real problem.
Curaprox toothbrushes and interdental brushes are by far superior to any home care products I have come across. (I am not being paid by them to write this, I just really love their products and want them to become mainstream in Canada so everyone can get them easily!) They have over 10 times the amount of bristles on their toothbrush heads compared to the next leading toothbrush. This makes them extremely soft and dense allowing for optimal plaque removal without damaging surrounding tissues. Which technique is the best for toothbrushing? When you use Curaprox brushes, because they are so soft, you can do small, gentle circles. I’ll post a video demonstrating exactly how to do this in the next couple posts. If you’re not using Curaprox brushes, then a rolling stroke is better, always brush away from the gums. It takes a while, but if you go too hard, you risk brushing your gums and even enamel away! Slow and gentle wins the race!
Next is interdental cleaning. I’d have to say about 90% of my patients say they either don’t floss, or floss less than once a week. This is not good. Interdental, or in between the teeth, cleaning is just as important as brushing. This is how you remove plaque from under the gums where brushing doesn’t reach. There’s a new trend in interdental cleaning, and that’s where interdental brushes come into play. They do a better job and are much easier to use than flossing. I personally never bled when I flossed. I thought my gums were healthy. I’m dental hygienist for goodness sake! But when I switched to Curaprox interdental brushes I was mortified to find out that I had gingivitis, and bled a LOT. The great thing with changing your oral care routine is that the gums respond very quickly. My bleeding literally stopped after 3 days! I measure all of my patients so they can use the correct sized interdental brush for themselves. Again, I’ll post a video demonstrating exactly how to use them.
As mentioned at the beginning of the post toothpaste and other products will be discussed in my next post!
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