Cleaning right and using cleaning aids
Types of Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes come in many shapes and sizes. There are different ways in which a toothbrush can be classified:
Depending on the type of bristle pattern
Depending on Handle design
Which is the Right Toothbrush for me?
No toothbrush can be singled out as the best one. Choosing a toothbrush depends upon individual needs and requirements. But it is best if you can choose a toothbrush which can be gripped easily, reaches all the areas of mouth and is comfortable for use.
Proper Way of Brushing:
When to Replace a Toothbrush:
Reasons to change a Toothbrush:
Tips on Caring for your Toothbrush:
Interdental brushes are considered to be the most effective and easiest method of cleaning interproximal spaces (spaces in between the teeth). The fine nylon filaments remove plaque and food particles from around the tooth surface and from the areas around gums.
It is used by placing the brush in between the tooth surfaces and then pushing it in a back and forth motion.
Dental floss is used to remove food particles and other entangled objects from between the teeth. Dental floss is composed of many nylon filaments which are bound together to form a thread. Dental floss is much more effective than using a toothpick, as toothpicks can damage the tooth structure.
Types of Floss
Waxed floss is coated with wax which makes it easier for the floss to slide into the adjacent tooth surface.
Mint flavoured floss gives a feeling of freshness.
Fluoride coated floss is intended to prevent dental caries from occurring on the adjacent tooth surfaces, but its effectiveness has not yet been proven.
You can choose the best suitable floss as per your need or preference. There is no such thing such as good or bad floss. Dental Floss is easily available and is not very expensive.
Way of Flossing Teeth
Toothpastes along with toothbrush are used to clean the teeth and remove dental plaque (previously known as tartar) and entangled food particles from the mouth. They can be classified into different types depending on their ingredients and the functions they perform and are described below.
Types of Toothpaste
Things to consider when selecting Toothpaste
What is the right Amount of Toothpaste to be used for Brushing Teeth?
Just a pea sized blob of toothpaste is enough for brushing teeth once. Using more than this is a waste.
Traditional Ways to Maintain Oral Hygiene
Before the advent of commercially available toothbrush and toothpaste, natural oral hygiene aids were used since time immemorial for sanitizing the mouth.
The various traditional methods to clean the teeth and gums can be classified as follows:
|Plant Leaves||Plant Twigs and Stems||Fruits and Its Parts||Other Plant Parts||Powders|
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The two most popular method of cleaning teeth are described below
Neem twigs (Datun)
Neem Twigs are chewed for a while in mouth which makes it a brush like stick that works as natural toothbrush. Chewing releases extract that is bitter in taste but is anti-bacterial. It protects teeth and gums by killing bacteria. It purifies blood and gets rid of bad breath. It has healing properties for any ulcers in mouth. Cavities, bleeding gums, plaque formation, and discoloration of teeth can all be checked by Neem datun.
A fresh mango leaf is washed and the midrib is removed. The leaf is then folded lengthwise with glossy surfaces facing each other. It is rolled into a cylindrical pack. One end of this pack is bitten off 2-3mm to create a raw surface which is rubbed on the teeth. The pack is held between the thumb and the index finger. At the end, the midrib, which was first removed, is used as a tongue cleaner. Mango leaves are widely used to clean teeth in Karnataka.