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How to floss the teeth

One of the most important things you can do for the health of your teeth is flossing. Flossing when combined with brushing, is the more effective way of keeping your teeth free form plaque build-up and decay.

Correct flossing not only removes food that may be trapped between your teeth, but it also removes plaque between the teeth and at the gum line (the complicated areas of mouth, where your brush can’t reach very easily).

However, it is important that you use correct technique for flossing your teeth properly.

Step 1: Clean the gap of the teeth using the floss with gentle motions

If you are not using a pick then take approximately 18 inches of floss from the container. Wrap one end on one middle finger and other end on the other middle finger. There should be about 1-2 inches of floss between both the fingers. Pull the floss taut and pinch it between your thumbs and index fingers.

Step 2: When cleaning the gum, ensure that you are not putting too much of pressure

Keep the floss between the fingers tightly stretched. Gently and slowly work floss between your teeth and down the gum line. Don’t snap the floss into your gums as this can cause bleeding and damage to your gums.

Step 3: Always use gentle back and forth motions and ensure you are not rubbing the floss vigorously

Sweep away the plaque and food particles by moving floss back and forth. Just make sure you don’t rub the floss vigorously.

Step 4: Repeat the step on each tooth till you are sure that all the food particles are removed. After flossing rinse your mouth with fresh water.

Make sure that you repeat the same process on each tooth and remove food particles from all your teeth. Once you are done flossing your teeth, rinse your mouth with fresh water.

Brushing is equally important as flossing, so never think that you can replace flossing with brushing. In your dental regime, make a perfect balance of the two. You can also consult dentist to know the correct flossing technique. Smiles Dental Group is your one stop destination for all dental needs, be it regular dental checkup or cosmetic dentistry needs. We have a team of learned and qualified dentists who know it all about your teeth and how to keep your smile looking beautiful always.

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Top 4 Teeth Whitening Myths Busted

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure used to whiten or lighten the shade of the teeth. Every year thousands of people choose to get their teeth whitened. However, even today when teeth whitening procedures have become so popular, a lot of individuals doubt their effectiveness. But not everything you hear about teeth whitening is a fact, here we are busting top 5 teeth whitening myths.

Myth 1: Teeth whitening wrecks enamel of your tooth

Not really true. Teeth whitening products used by professionals mostly have Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide as the key ingredients. Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent which on chemical reaction converts into water and releases an Oxygen molecule. It goes without saying that both oxygen and water are safe and essential components of our everyday lives. The oxygen particles penetrate the rough surface of your tooth and remove staining particles. The bleach hydrogen peroxide is not same as the bleach you use in your home that contains ammonia or other poor quality acid based tooth whitening products. In fact, our own body produces Hydrogen Peroxide naturally.

Myth 2: Teeth whitening is not safe

Not true. Cosmetic teeth whitening with Hydrogen Peroxide has been around for almost 100 years. Most reputed dentists all across the globe support tooth bleaching as a generally safe technique, when done correctly. Usually, professional suppliers of teeth whitening products give enough instructions for the safe use of the product. Risk and safety of tooth whitening is usually dependent on 2 key issues: contact of the gel to soft tissues of the lips or gums and tooth sensitivity. These risks can be minimized by using professional products. Moreover, the side effects experienced by professional teeth whitening are temporary.

Myth 3: All whitening gels are same

Not true. The two main professional gel options are Hydrogen Peroxide and Carbamide Peroxide. Carbamide Peroxide is comparatively slower and is recommended for overnight use or for use only with an Accelerator Light. There is a huge range in strength of whitening gels. The dentists use strongest whitening gels. The comparatively lesser stronger whitening gels are given to patients by the dentists to be used at home. The weakest gels are purchased over-the-counter.

Myth 4: Teeth whitening accelerator lights don’t work

Not always true. A number of studies show that the use of a professional accelerator light does accelerate the oxidation of teeth whitening gel. This is particularly true with Carbamide Peroxide based teeth whitening gels. However, not all accelerator lights are the same. Some dentists still use older technology lights. Some dentists use mini LED lights that are only toys and don’t have sufficient power to give any significant results.