Teeth Cleaning Guide
Despite major advances in medical science, oral health remains a concern for most people. Even in the 21st century it is incredible to think that almost 100% of adults will still experience dental disease at some point in their life. In many cases toothbrushing and flossing is simply not enough to prevent decay and damage. If poor dental health is allowed to continue unchecked it can result permanent tooth and gum damage.
The good news is that by using a proper preventative care system, dental health can be restored. In fact, teeth are perfectly capable of repairing and rebuilding themselves if given adequate care and attention. This guide gives the simple teeth cleaning steps required to help achieve perfect dental health for life.
Step 1 – Teeth Cleaning Preparation.
Why you should rinse before brushing.
Teeth are not designed to decay or deteriorate as we get older. When given the perfect conditions , teeth will remain strong and bright for a life time. In a perfect world, teeth would always be bathed in a plentiful supply of healthy PH balanced saliva, unfortunately in reality, this is often not the case. If saliva should become acidic, the teeth will soften and become more susceptible to damage, staining and sensitivity. Acidic mouth chemistry can be caused by poor diet, hormone changes, stress, illness, medications, pregnancy, allergies, bulimia and a number of other conditions. In addition, simply drinking beverages such as beer, wine, fizzy drinks or fruit juice is enough to soften teeth enough to make them susceptible to damage. Brushing teeth when they are in a softened state can actually damage the surface of the teeth, especially when using an abrasive toothpaste. Rinsing with a PH neutral, alcohol free mouthwash before brushing teeth will stabilise the mouth chemistry and avoid damage to the tooth enamel. Use a chlorine dioxide mouth wash like Ultradex or Closys to gently remove bacteria and trapped food particles and prepare the mouth for a teeth brushing session.
Step 2 – Teeth Cleaning.
A good toothbrushing technique is essential for improving and maintaining dental health. Teeth cleaning with a manual toothbrush can be perfectly effective if great care is taken to use a good technique for at least two minutes. Electric toothbrushes do however have definite advantages over manual brushes and have been proven to remove more plaque than conventional brushes. At the end of the day, pick the best toothbrush for your personal needs and concentrate on brushing effectively. Always tilt the toothbrush at 45° and brush around where the gums meet the teeth. If brushing with a manual toothbrush use small circular
Step 3 – Antiseptic Mouth Rinse.
Even with a good technique, brushing teeth will only clean 60% of the teeth surface area and only 25% of the total mouth area. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash after teeth cleaning will remove remaining toothpaste and clean the areas that a toothbrush can’t reach. Listerine is one of the oldest and most effective rinses available for reducing plaque and maintaining healthy gums. There are many different modern flavours of Listerine available but the original formula is still the best for the purpose of a simple antiseptic. Listerine Original contains a combination of natural essential oils and Ethanol. Note – Avoid Chlorhexidine based mouthwashes such as Corsodyl. Recent studies have shown that rising twice a day with a mouthwash that contains Chlorhexidine can significantly damage good bacteria in the mouth and lead to an increase in blood pressure. In addition Chlorhexidine resindue will remain in the mouth longer than is necessary. Rinsing with Listerine every 12 hours will keep harmful bacteria under control and prevent the build up of plaque.
Step 4 – Fluoride Mouth Rinse.
It may seem excessive to rinse the mouth again but the fact is that one mouthwash alone can’t give the teeth the complete treatment they need. If you finish with an antiseptic rinse the residue from the mouthwash can leave the mouth dry, acidic and susceptible to softening and damage. The final rinse is designed to remove the last traces of the antiseptic mouthwash and then strengthen and fortify the teeth enamel. The vital active ingredient of this mouthwash is fluoride. If given the chance, teeth can remineralise and repair themselves and fluoride will greatly enhance and speed up the natural healing process. The recommended final mouthwash is ACT anticavity. ACT is an alcohol free rinse with a high fluoride content that won’t affect the mouths natural PH but will give extra protection against tooth decay.
Step 5 – Protection.
Xylitol is a natural sugar that is extracted from fibrous plants. Although it may taste like ordinary sugar, Xylitol has qualities that are exceptionally effective at combating tooth decay. The only reason normal sugar is bad for teeth is because it provides energy to harmful bacteria. The magic of Xylitol is that it can’t be absorbed by bacteria and with daily use, harmful bacteria will weaken and die off. Xylitol is available in mints, sweets, gum or as an additive for drinks or baking. Daily usage will keep the mouth chemistry perfect for natural teeth repair.
- Step 1 – Pre Teeth Cleaning Rinse 20%
- Step 2 – Teeth Cleaning 40%
- Step 3 – Antibacterial Mouth Rinse 60%
- Step 4 – Fluoride Mouthwash 80%
- Step 5 – Xylitol Protection 100%