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Flossing Alternatives: Toothpicks

Tooth PicksNot everyone enjoys flossing. Besides, many people could not master the art of flossing, so they continue hurting the soft tissues in their mouth when they attempt to floss. For such situations, there are effective and safe alternatives to flossing, including various tooth pick tools. There is a great number of woodsticks, advanced plastic soft tooth picks or brush picks, or even floss picks and special plaque removers available online. It is very easy to learn using such dental care tools, and the effects of using these plaque removers are almost the same as the effects of using the floss threat.

Some dentists and dental specialists even recommend using such plaque removers as triangular tooth picks instead of regular flossing. They are convinced that picks can enter those places and nooks in the mouth, which are left unavailable for toothbrushes and floss. Another reason of such concern is our common laziness. Many people neglect regular flossing, but using tooth picks can be more attractive since usually it requires less time and efforts. At that, using toothpicks is especially effective for those people, who have large spaces between their teeth. However, the people who have periodontal disease have to be very careful while using toothpick tools.

It is interesting that holding a tooth pick with your hand is already considered to be something old-fashioned and ineffective. Holding a toothpick with your hand does not allow you reach all necessary places in your mouth (like the tongue side of your teeth and so on) and limits the space for moving your pick. Nowadays, you can buy a lot of advanced tooth picks with various unique designs and qualities, like special picks with xylitol, the picks with flexible edges, triangular picks or the picks of other shape which are easy to maneuver and use.

Undoubtedly, tooth picks are a great tool for dental care, but there are certain drawbacks connected with using them. In particular, an important disadvantage is inability of tooth picks to clean properly the space behind our last “wisdom” teeth, but flossing can do that. Those places require very careful cleaning because there are a lot of harmful bacteria get collected there, which can cause not only bad odor and plaque, but more serious dental problems. That is why, according to the latest reseacrhes, the most effective way is to use all three methods for plaque reomval: brushing, flossing and using toothpicks tools.

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Tips on How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Bad BreathEveryone knows how big and embarrassing the problem of bad breath can be. People start turning their faces away and avoiding talking to you because of it, and, to make the things worse, your close friends and family do not always let you know that you have this problem. Usually, bad breath is caused by the odorous sulfur wastes created in our mouth by oral bacteria. When we consume protein rich foods, such bacteria get activated, and odorous waste products are the result of this metabolic activity. Professionals call the problem of bad breath halitosis (oral malodor), which can be transient (temporary) and chronic.

Undoubtedly, bad breath can seriously affect our social life and all sorts of our relationships. That is why people always look for the ways to get rid of it and make the breath fresher. First of all, if you need to combat bad breath, you have to find out what are the reason(s) of it. There are several major general reasons that cause bad breath, including:

  • poor dental care and improper mouth hygiene;
  • problems with digestion, dieting and poor nutrition;
  • dehydration of your mouth and certain problems with the throat.

These are the most common problems causing halitosis, but usually it is not easy to diagnose correctly, whether you suffer from only one or all of those conditions at the same time. Therefore, your complex strategy for getting rid of bad breath must embrace as many of the tips suggested below as possible:

Tooth Brushing

  • Observe the basic rules of proper oral and dental hygiene: brush you teeth two times a day, regularly floss and use mouth wash, and also visit your dentist for periodical check-ups and cleaning procedures.
  • Do not forget to scrape your tongue when brushing your teeth, because a great deal of odor-causing bacteria is usually located on your tongue.
  • Drink plenty of water during the day to avoid dehydration.
  • Change your diet, eat more of natural and healthy food.
  • Avoid eating a lot of cheese and cheese products (sometimes they can cause bad breath), as well as garlic, onion and fish.
  • Drink green tea.
  • Consult your doctor if your digestive system is problematic.
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  • Use the following ideas to instantly remove your bad breath for some period of time: chew a sugarless chewing gum, minty candies, a spring of parsley or some mint leaves, a piece of cloves or couple of fennel seeds. You can also wash your mouth with some essential oil which has antiseptic properties (Tea Tree oil, etc.): add three-four drops of the oil in 100 ml of water and wash you mouth thoroughly.
  • If you are taking medications, learn more about their side effects: possibly, they are also causing bad breath.
  • Reduce your tobacco and alcohol consumption.
  • Avoid having such problems as overweigh and obesity.
  • Remember that various sprays or mouth washes available in the pharmacies can cure your problem only temporarily.

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20 Most Popular Myths about Dentistry

Dental Myths It seems like everything is known about the rules and recommendations on how to take care about our teeth effectively. However, day after day new versions of good old principles of dental care appear here and there. As a result, many people still remain confused about the basics of brushing, flossing, whitening and other dental care procedures. Check out the most popular dental myths and related comments of dental specialists.

MYTH: Brushing my teeth several times a day harms the enamel.
TRUTH
: This is partially true. Usually, it is enough to brush your teeth two times a day, but if you have an opportunity to brush your teeth more frequently (for example, after every meal), use a soft or extra soft toothbrush.

MYTH: Expensive toothpastes are always better than cheap ones.
TRUTH:
It is not always true, and some moderately expensive toothpastes can be very effective. Ask your dentist about the toothpastes that can be good for your particular dental situation.

Chewing Gum MythMYTH: Using a sugarless chewing gum with xylitol after meal can replace brushing and have the same effect.
TRUTH:
Not really, but if you can not brush your teeth after every meal, you can use a sugarless chewing gum to clean your teeth and refresh your breath. Do not chew it for more than 10 minutes.

MYTH: I must not brush my teeth if my gums bleed.
TRUTH:
Bleeding gums is a sign to see your dentist. However, if you can not do this as soon as possible, you can brush your teeth with a soft or extra soft toothbrush.

MYTH: Placing a tablet of aspirin beside my aching tooth can ease the pain.
TRUTH
: Aspirin does not work effectively for relieving toothache. Besides, it damages soft tissues in you mouth. Therefore, it is better to use natural analgesics, such as clover oil or tea tree oil.

MYTH: There is no need in seeing dentist if there is no visible problem with my teeth.
TRUTH:
You must see your dentist twice a year, no matter in what condition your teeth are at the moment. Sometimes, only a dentist can see possible problem, and it is always better to start treatment on the earliest stages.

Dental Myths 2MYTH: If tooth enamel is white, the tooth must be considered healthy.
TRUTH:
This is absolutely not true! A tooth can look healthy and white, but, at the same time, it can have cavities, problems with the root or other abnormalities that require treatment.

MYTH: After a decayed tooth is treated, there will be no more decaying there.
TRUTH:
There is no guarantee for this. After the treatment, every tooth must be properly cared about: regularly brushed, flossed and so on.

MYTH: It is better to treat a decaying tooth rather then opt for removing it.
TRUTH:
Before making a decision whether to continue treatment or remove an aching tooth you have to consult a qualified dental professional and, possibly, ask for the opinion of several specialists. Sometimes, even totally decayed tooth can be restored, and, at the same time, there are situations when even a healthy looking tooth must be extracted.

MYTH: It is better to remove wisdom teeth because they usually cause problems.
TRUTH:
Do not extract your wisdom teeth until you have started having real problems with them.

MYTH: Good dental health can be inherited.
TRUTH
: Such factor as inheritance plays minor role for good dental health of people. The main rules are to maintain proper oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.

Chocolate MythMYTH: Eating a lot of chocolate brings to tooth decay.
TRUTH
: No, it does not, but if you do not brush your teeth or at least rinse your mouth every time after eating chocolate, you are at much higher risk to get tooth decay.

MYTH: Eating too hot or too cold meals can harm my teeth.
TRUTH
: Only regular eating too hot or too cold meals can be harmful for your teeth and dental nerves.

MYTH: Using toothpicks after meals can widen the gaps between my teeth.
TRUTH
: Using usual toothpicks can not have such effects, but you must be very careful when using toothpicks because they can damage the gums and other soft tissues in your mouth.

MYTH: Teeth whitening is harmful as it can damage the enamel.
TRUTH
: Modern methods of teeth whitening, including laser teeth whitening or Air Flow technique, have minimal harmful effects. Nevertheless, one must remember that teeth whitening can not be recommended for many people, especially for those who has sensitive teeth, problematic enamel, underdeveloped tooth tissues, as well as for pregnant and nursing women.

MYTH: After any bleaching procedure teeth do not remain shining white for long time.
TRUTH
: In average, the effect can last for about a year or so, but after every following bleaching procedure the duration of the effects usually decreases.

MYTH: It is not harmful to whiten your teeth with usual sodium bicarbonate.
TRUTH
: It is, actually, very harmful, because sodium bicarbonate we use for baking has very strong abrasive effects. If you want to whiten your teeth in an easy way, use special whitening toothpastes with bicarbonate. Such toothpastes contain much smaller particles of bicarbonate and they do not damage teeth that much.

Dental Myths 3MYTH: There is no need in taking care about the teeth of my baby because in some years they are going to fall out.
TRUTH
: This is absolutely wrong from a variety of perspectives. First of all, if you do not take care about premature teeth, they may fall out before the time and cause problems with bite or improper development of your child’s permanent teeth. Besides, it is necessary to start educating your children to maintain good dental and oral hygiene since early childhood.

MYTH: It is necessary to avoid dental procedures during pregnancy.
TRUTH
: Regular dental treatment must not be avoided by pregnant women, but there is a number of procedures, such as X-rays or surgical dental procedures, which must be postponed for pregnant women.

MYTH: Any type of dental treatment is very painful.
TRUTH
: Not anymore. Advanced dental technologies allow making dental treatment not painful by using anesthetic agents.

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