Diet

 

  • Eat whole foods and eliminate processed foods.

  • Drink a lots of water.

  • Swish your mouth after eating or drinking with water or 2-tsp. baking soda to 1 cup of water, to raise PH.

  • Avoid sweets, dried fruits, processed foods, juices, sodas as they rapidly lower PH.

  • Avoid frequent snacking as frequency of eating contributes to dental disease and lowers PH.

  • Avoid all “sugar free” products as they contribute to dental disease and lower PH.

  • Only XYLITOL as a sweetener has been proven to reduce bacteria harmful to your teeth and raise PH.

Oral Hygiene

 

One of the easiest ways to help prevent gum disease is to brush and floss every day at least twice a day. It does not matter if you brush first or floss first.

 

The most commonly used toothbrush is the manual toothbrush. Another option is the

electric toothbrush, which uses electrical power to move the brush head.  It is important to always choose a soft brush head when using either a manual or electric toothbrush, and to replace the toothbrush when the bristles begin to bend (or every two to three months).

 

It is very important to know the correct way to take care of your teeth and gums.

How to brush:  Position the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle where your gums and teeth meet. While applying slight pressure, gently move the brush in a circular motion using short strokes. Use this method to clean the front of your teeth, then move to the back of your teeth, then the biting surfaces, and then your tongue, using the same gentle movements. Be sure you are constantly moving the brush head to avoid damaging your gums!

How to Floss:  Using about 18 inches of floss, wrap the floss around your middle finger. Wrap the rest around your other middle finger, leaving 2-3 inches of floss between your fingers. While tightly holding the floss between your thumbs, insert it between two teeth. Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the tooth, and gently slide it up and down. Then, with the floss still in between the two teeth, switch the “C” shape against the adjacent tooth, and repeat the sliding motion. Move to the next tooth over, and repeat the process, unwrapping fresh floss from your middle finger as you go.

 Source: American Academy of Periodontology - 2018

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Dry Brushing

 

Use a soft toothbrush without toothpaste spending enough time (10-30minutes) to remove all the bacterial plaque from your teeth. Push the bristles into space between your teeth at the gum line, and use your toothbrush like an “eraser”. You can also use disclosing tablet (red dye) to see if you need to brush longer. Dry brushing is recommended before you go to bed either doing routine work, watching TV, working on computer, etc.

Baking soda can be sued to brush your teeth for stain removal and to freshen your breath. Fluoride gels help with cavity prevention by using a small amount (pea size) with toothbrush. Do not rinse, drink or eat for 20 minutes.

Cleaning Around Dental Implants

Dental implant like teeth requires proper care to  ensure long term success. In addition to use of soft toothbrush around the implant supported crown, it is critical that you use a superfloss (thicker spongy floss compared to regular floss) by curving the superfloss into a “C” shape against the implant crown, and gently slide it up and down. Then, repeat the sliding motion on the another side of implant crown.

 

 

Diluted Hypochlorite Rinse 

Rinse with diluted hypochlorite raises PH. Use 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 cup of water. Take one sip and swish for 30 to 60 seconds and spit. Wait 10minutes before eating or drinking. Rinse should be done twice a week.

Silver Diamine Fluoride 

SDF is a newly FDA approved, stronger fluoride that promotes remineralization and stops cavities from progressing. If applied before cavity development, it can prevent dental caries.

Recommended for patients who are:

  • More prone to cavity development.

  • Too young for cavity treatment.

  • Looking for a better cost-effective option to prevent and arrest cavities.

Is it safe?

  • No adverse reports in +80 years of use.

  • SDF will stain only the cavity lesion black.

  • The stain will disappear in about a week if it got on the gum, mouth, or skin.

  • Children who are allergic to silver should not receive this treatment.