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But how do you know if you brushed well enough?
Disclosing solutions coming to help. I love 2 tone disclosing solution. After brushing your teeth rinse your mouth for a few seconds. Older plaque stains blue while newer plaque stains
This will show you the spots you have missed and help you to improve you home oral hygiene

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Once we understand the causes of gum disease (and tooth decay as well ), it is relatively easy to prevent those conditions from hapeening. Tooth decay and gum disease both start asymptomatic and progress if left untreated. Both of them will eventually lead to the tooth loss. Among the other things, one major factors contributing to the dental problem is the bacteria, which stays on the teeth and the gums in the form of plaque. Plaque is soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth; composed of bacteria and food debris due to inadequate dental hygiene. Removal of plaque (and bacteria, contained in plaque) on a daily basis can prevent you from a lot of problems.

Home Oral Hygeine


In order to successfully treat any disease, one should try to eliminate the reasons. Since the main reason for gum disease is accumulated bacteria in dental plaque we have to try to reduce plaque and tartar formation to minimum. That’s why your good home oral hygiene is step number one in prevention and treatment of gum disease.

We all brush our teeth, but do we do it right? While brushing, we have to remember that we have to remove possibly all of the plaque sitting on the tooth surface and around the gums. This plaque forms on all surfaces of the tooth, including the places where the regular tooth brush can not reach. The experienced dental hygienists will work closely with you to choose the right brushing methods for you, and will advise you on the tooth brush and others hygiene tools you need to use.

I will try to review the most common hygiene techniques and also will try to review mostly recommended tools, used in the home hygiene. I have placed links to the products I, which i found to be useful in maintaining adequate oral hygiene. You can use this links to buy directly from Amazon.com stores or you can find most of them in any pharmacy

Bass Brushing Method

The most recommended brushing technique is modified Bass cleaning technique. It has proven its worth both for people with healthy gums and for gingivitis and periodontitis patients. This technique concentrates on cleaning at the gum margins. The toothbrush must be soft, so as not to damage the gums when positioning the toothbrush.

Outer surfaces:Place the toothbrush on the gums at an angle of 45°.

Always start at the back.

Inner surfaces:

Small circular movements (vibratory motion).

Oral-B CrossAction FE Soft Bristles 40 Regular Toothbrush, (Pack of 4)
Oral-B  More Info
price: $15.42




Front teeth:

Place the toothbrush in an upright position behind the front teeth.

Lastly, brush the chewing surfaces using to and from vibratory motions, from the back to the front

Electric Tooth Brush

In recent years the electric tooth brushes became very popular. The advantage of the electric tooth brush is it's ability to move
the bristles at a much faster rate than the human hand can possibly move, therefore allowing much better and thorough cleaning, compare it to a regular tooth brush.
There are two main types of electric toothbrushes: One that oscillates, meaning the bristles rotate in one direction and then the other, and then there is the Sonicare, which vibrates at a very fast pace. Both types of these brushes do the job and provide better and deeper cleaning than the traditional tooth brush. It is a matter of preference which tooth brush to use. Do not forget to change the brushing head as it wears of.

Below I have placed few links to electronic brushes in Amazon store.

Philips Sonicare Essence Power Toothbrush
Philips Sonicare  More Info
price: $49.19

Oral-B Professional Care Deluxe Electric Toothbrush -
Oral B  More Info
price: $78.52

Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Whitening Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush (Colors may vary)
Oral B  More Info
price: $14.77

Flossing Technique   

Wind 18" of floss around middle fingers of each hand. Pinch floss between thumbs and index fingers, leaving a 1"- 2" length in between. Use thumbs to direct floss between upper teeth.


Keep a 1" - 2" length of floss taut between fingers. Use index fingers to guide floss between contacts of the lower teeth.



Gently guide floss between the teeth by using a zig-zag motion. DO NOT SNAP FLOSS BETWEEN YOUR TEETH. Contour floss around the side of the tooth.


Slide floss up and down against the tooth surface and under the gum line.

Floss each tooth thoroughly with a clean section of floss.



Flossing under the bridges

But what if you have dental bridges or connected crowns and you can't get in between the teeth with floss?

Bridge aid dental floss threader will help you here. You thread a floss into special plastic "needle" and gently push this "needle" between the teeth under the crown connector pulling it from the inner side of the tooth. After you have floss in place you slide it up and down and side to side against the tooth.

BridgeAid Dental Floss Threader - 1 Pack of 10 threaders
FlossAid Corporation  More Info

Even more flossing

There are a lot of helpful tools for flossing available from different manufactures. I placed links to a few products which a lot of patients find helpful in maintaining the oral hygiene.

In choosing the "cleaning tools" you have to remember that the idea in gum disease prevention is to remove as much food debris and plaque from around the tooth. Just with the tooth brush you can not reach in between the teeth. Leaving food remnants around the tooth will lead to gum inflammation and developing and progression of gum disease.

Find the most convinience tools for yourself to reach in aech and every area of your mouth

DenTek Easy Angle Floss Picks 75-count, (Pack of 6)
DenTek  More Info
price: $16.99

Ezy Floss - Makes Flossing Easier
API  More Info

Locin Kid's Floss Individually Wrapped Children's Dental Flossers, 100-Count Boxes (Pack of 4)
Locin Kid's Floss  More Info
price: $22.40

Inter-proximal Brushes
Interproximal or interdental brushes are the the great tools in removing tartar from between the teeth. It should be used by people who has some bone lose. You shouldn't use them in the areas where the don't pass freely.
Interrpoximal brushe is a must tool for people with bone lose. If the brush freely fits in between the teeth it is one of the best ways to remove plaque and food debrie from in between the teeth
Remember: if the brush don't easily fit in between the teeth do not force it! You can try either smaller size cylindrical brush or you do not use the brush in this particular space!
Interproximal brushes are manufactured by different companies. They come in two major designs: the handle with brush- great for the home use, as the long handle allows easy access to back teeth. With this design yoy have a long handle and small brushes which snap to to the handle. As brush wears of you put the new brush on to the handle.
The other type is the travel size brush. They have small handle with the brush firmly attached to it. You change the whole brush as it wears of.

The brushes itself come in different sizes and can be tapered or cylindrical. Cylindrical type is easier to fit in smaller spaces.
The regular tooth brush or electric tooth brush can not reach in between the teeth, so cleaning in between the teeth as important in maintaining good oral health and in prevention of gum disease, as a regular tooth brush.
I have placed a few links for such brushes on this page. If you want to see more choices click here  for dental convenience store.

Keeping it clean
is the main idea in preventing gum disease!!!!!!!!! 

Keeping it clean is the first step in treating gum disease!!!!!!

Keeping it cleanis the first step, and probably the most important one in making your smile beautiful.

Interproximal brushes are great tool for using in between the teeeth. They could be a difference in keeping your teeth. They helped a lot of patients to prevent them from surgical treatment.

Inter proximal brush could be the difference

Butler GUM Proxabrush Handle, 1
Butler  More Info

GUM Proxabrush Refills, Fine Tapered
BUTLER.  More Info

G-U-M (Butler) Proxabrush Refills, Go-Betweens, Wide 8 ea
John O Butler Company  More Info

Butler GUM Proxabrush Trav-Ler , 1612 Cylindrical Nylon
J Butler  More Info

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