You try to do it twice a day, every day—but are you brushing and flossing your teeth in the correct way? Mother always said, “If you are going to do it, you might as well do it right!” So here’s our chance to walk you through the best way to brush and floss those teeth!
In our video, Tania explains two techniques you can use that will help make a difference during your next hygiene appointment.
Bad Habit: Holding your toothbrush flat against the tooth surface.
Why: It’s missing the cervical margin. When this part is missed, heavy plaque is developed, which causes cavity development along the gum line.
Good Technique: Give the brush a tip towards your gum tissue at about a 45 degree angle, and then go along the margins and sweep down towards the teeth.
Why: This provides a more effective brush for your gum tissues because now you are brushing deeper between your teeth and cervical margins. Brushing this way will prevent your gums from becoming red and inflamed.
Bad Habit: Inserting the floss between each tooth, without flossing around the bottom area of the tooth and gums.
Why: This avoids cleaning your gums, which can result in inflammation.
Good Technique: When inserting the floss between your teeth, listen for a snap. This snap is what cleans the contact spot between your teeth. Then go along one side of the tooth, sweep it up, go on the other side of the tooth, then along the gum. This process will.
Why: This “Wrapping Technique” or “C-Shaped Technique” will effectively clean the space between your gums and teeth.
We hope this video was helpful, and we hope you start using these practices as soon as today!
Contact our team if you have any other questions and be sure to schedule your next exam or hygiene appointment with us soon!
In this video, Tania, one of our hygienists, explains why and how we measure your gum tissue. The main reason we measure your gum tissue once a year is so we are able to evaluate the health of it. We do this by giving you a Periodontal Examination.
What exactly is a Periodontal Examination? This examination takes place during your annual checkup, when we insert a probe (measuring stick) into a little space between your gum tissue and teeth. These spaces are called Periodontal Pockets.
During this video, Tania highlights the differences between healthy and unhealthy periodontal pockets. The left side of the diagram is an example of healthy gum tissue that is contained with attachment fibers. These fibers attach the tooth to the gums, which are connected to bone. Expected measurements for healthy gum tissue are 0-3 millimeters. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every day will help maintain your gum health.
On the right side of the diagram, Tania presents an example of gum tissue that is starting to experience deeper pocketing. Notice the bone is starting to dissolve a bit and the gum tissue is more blunted and red. The gum tissue may be inflamed with bacteria and could cause bleeding from brushing and flossing. Expected measurements for unhealthy gum tissue are 4-10 millimeters. Without treatment, these side effects could lead to gum diseases such as, gingivitis and periodontitis. They also can reveal receding gums, exposed roots, tooth grinding (bruxism), and other problems.
It is very important to keep track of your gum tissue health, because the more attachment in bone and fibers you lose, the deeper your periodontal pockets will get. Deeper pocketing will make it more difficult for you to maintain dental health, which could cause simple brushing and flossing methods to be ineffective. We hope you found this video and blog post helpful, and please make sure to schedule your next annual checkup with us soon!
So I am no different than my patients I see as an emergency. I broke a weak molar tooth because it had a large filling and structurally weak. Dr. Kim removed the old filling replacing it with a strong composite build up so later on a crown (cap) can be placed over the tooth to protect it from future fractures. The short video clip shows the process.
I had such a comfortable visit that I’ll be going back…
Ellen Sheehan, one of our amazing dental hygienists, visited first-graders at Woburn Street School last month for National Dental Month.
Students learned all about eating healthy as well as the simple things they can do to prevent cavities like brushing and flossing teeth daily and regular dental check-ups. Ellen made the visit fun for the students and had a great time herself (with some big help from Mary).
“The kids were great and very smart,” said Ellen. “I was really glad to have gotten the opportunity to give back to the Wilmington community.”
We’ve been a fixture in Wilmington, MA for over 50 years. We’re so honored that generations of Wilmington families have trusted us to keep their smiles white.
“We do a lot more than just clean teeth,” explained Dr. Sevak Abrahamian. “We view it as our job to help keep Wilmington healthy and happy for years to come.”
(And a big ‘thank you’ to Mary for her help in getting the presentation together.)