It is a process that lightens the colour of a tooth, usually by bleaching.
Dental implants Placement involves a surgical procedure where a metal “stump” is surgically placed into the jawbone to serve as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and provide a sturdy foundation for the artificial tooth.
The stump is usually threaded like a screw and usually made of Titanium, one of the most bio-friendly materials available. The artificial tooth is typically made of ceramic (porcelain/zirconia).
The artificial tooth is attached to the “root/stump” through an attachment called the “abutment”, to complete the process.
This process typically requires multiple appointments and may take few months to complete.
Dental professionals clean teeth through a process called Scaling dental cleaning or prophylaxis. This process involves removing plaque, tartar and stains from the teeth and gums.
The dentist or dental hygienist will use special instruments, such as scalers, curettes and ultrasonic cleaners, to remove the build-up of plaque and tartar / calculus.
They may also use an abrasive paste or powder and a rotating brush to polish the teeth and fluoride treatment may be applied to help strengthen the teeth and prevent cavities.
The best toothbrush for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. Some factors to consider when choosing a toothbrush include Bristle type, Head size, Manual vs. Electric and some additional features.
Generally, Soft bristles are recommended by dental professionals as they are gentler on the gums and teeth. Medium or hard bristles can be too abrasive and cause damage to gums and tooth enamel.
A toothbrush with a smaller head can help you better clean hard-to-reach areas, like the back of the mouth. A larger head, on the other hand, can cover more surface area in a shorter amount of time.
Both manual and electric toothbrushes can be equally effective in removing plaque and improving oral health, with the electric toothbrushes possibly being marginally better while offering ease and efficiency as well.
Some electric toothbrushes come with additional features such as multiple brush heads, timers, pressure sensors, and more.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to choose a toothbrush that you will use regularly and effectively. Consistency and Thoroughness are key to good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes, using proper technique and toothpaste.
Toothbrushing with a manual toothbrush can be undertaken in a variety of ways including back & forth (horizontally), up & down (vertically) and in a circular motion.
Regardless of which one you choose, you’ll need to follow the following steps.
- Wet your toothbrush
- Apply toothpaste (pea sized).
- Hold the brush against your teeth and start moving in either of the above three directions (horizontally, vertically or circular)
- Although the sequence doesn’t matter, you can start by brushing your front teeth followed by the outer (cheek) sides of the back teeth and then their top (chewing) surfaces.
- You can go for the internal sides of all back and front teeth next. Hold the brush vertically and use gentle up-and-down strokes to clean the insides of your front teeth, using the tip of the brush.
- The last to be cleaned will be your tongue.
- Take at least two minutes to brush your teeth, making sure to clean all surfaces.
- Spit out the toothpaste and rinse your mouth and toothbrush.
It's important to use a light touch and not brush too hard, as this can damage your gums and tooth enamel. If you're using an electric toothbrush, let the brush do the work for you, applying gentle pressure to allow the brush head to clean your teeth effectively. It's also recommended to replace your toothbrush or brush head every three to four months or when the bristles become frayed.
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