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  • Brushing Teeth

  • The first step is choosing a suitable toothbrush with a thin head and soft brushes. Soft brushes are hard enough to remove food remains and grum as well as they are soft enough not to hurt the teeth or gum.

    The second issue is choosing a suitable toothpaste, any paste containing fluoride will meet the needs unless you have special needs that must be contained in the paste, you can use Sensodyne and Colgate they are both effective.

    The first rule of brushing is to start with a specific area and continue cleaning to the opposite side, continue cleaning all surfaces so you finish where you started, this way you will make sure that you didn’t miss any tooth.

    Usually, applying the paste in the size of a pea grain is considered enough. The effective cleaning process should last for 4 minutes.

    Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle towards teeth and gum together then start pressuring nicely to brush towards the gum so that some brush bristles can enter between the teeth and gum. Start making a circular movement over teeth then move the brush downwards to allow removing food remains, repeat this process for 5 to 6 times.

    Then move to another group of 2 to 3 teeth to repeat the same brushing process.

    When your mouth is full with paste foam, drop it off and continue cleaning. Brushing is completed when all teeth surfaces are cleaned.

    Chewing teeth surfaces should be brushed in frequently movements forward and backwards to clean holes on these surfaces.

    When cleaning the back surfaces of the teeth, hold the brush vertically for better reach of the teeth. It’s better to brush the teeth daily after every meal or at least twice a day after breakfast and before going to bed.

  • Protection from caries and fluoride

  • Over many years, dentists found that children living and growing in communities having fluoride in potable water have less number of carries in their teeth compared with other children.

    Absorbed fluoride in the human body during teeth formation (fetus and first childhood years) takes part in building teeth and makes them stronger.

    Fluoride in toothpaste, oral washes, or applied by the dentist in the clinic has a positive effect on teeth health and decreases the possibility of having caries.

    If you are living in an area where potable water doesn’t contain fluoride, you better consult the dentist to prescribe fluoride pills for your children to strengthen their teeth.

  • Teeth safety and diet

  • Diabetes is one of the main causes of teeth decay in case of bacterial or germ existence. What’s more important than quantity of consumed sugar is the number of times sugar is consumed.

    The worst thing you can do to your teeth is drinking soda intermittently in an interrupted form taking a sip every couple of minutes over a long period of time.

    It’s better to consume soda or soft meals or juices in one separate meal and not over a long period of time.

    Drinking or eating sweet meals over a long extended period of time creates a fixed source of sugar that invigorates bacteria and germs that decay teeth.

    It’s important not to over consume sweet meals and sugar. Reducing sugar intake is good for teeth health as well as general body health.

    What to do when in need of sugar?

    The best way to intake sugar and avoid teeth caries is brushing teeth directly after consuming sweets and washing mouth with fluoride mouthwash, you can also chew sugarless gums as they help in cleaning teeth. The best thing for avoiding tooth decay is staying away from sweets.

    Is there any type of food that protect from teeth decay?

    It’s not right that eating things like carrots or apples can help in getting rid of harmful germs and bacteria sticking to the teeth,yet  these types of food have sugar too it’s not yet proved that they protect teeth from decaying.

    Some acidic types of food can damage the main structure of the teeth in a way beyond restoration like lemon and green lemon.

  • Mouth Odor

  • Reasons for bad mouth odour could be:


    Germs and bacteria growing in teeth cracks and bumps

    Teeth caries especially when filled with food remains

    Gum diseases

    Places of extracted teeth until being fully healed

    Synthetic teeth when not properly cleaned

    Smoking and alcohol addicts

    If you or any of your friends or relatives are suffering from bad mouth odor, the first step should be checking your teeth. The dentist will examine and find out either the reason is from teeth or mouth.

    If it’s an oral reason, washing or rinsing the mouth with ment won’t solve the problem, it would only hide the smell for a period of time. In some cases, rinsing the mouth could complicate the problem and intensify the bad odor like when using mouthwashes containing alcohol which could dry the mouth.

    Other reasons causing bad mouth odour:

    Certain types of food

    Inflammations in air and respiratory tracts

    Throat inflammations


    Maintaining oral hygiene and cleaning the mouth on a regular basis as well as inspecting teeth is the best way to avoid bad mouth odor.

  • Dentures

  • It is normal to feel discomfort that might last for a few days when using the denture for the first time. Usually, some modifications would need to be applied to the denture for it to be comfortable for the patient.

    You should remove the denture every night before you go to sleep and place it in a vessel full of water or denture cleaner. It is important for the gum to have a denture-less rest everyday at night when you are sleep.

    Clean the denture with a toothbrush and water before you place it in your mouth.

    It is possible that you would face a difficulty while talking when you use the denture for the first time and this might last for a few days; it is important, however, to practice on daily basis by reading a book or a newspaper for a specific period of time. Gradually, face, mouth and tongue muscles will adapt to the presence of the denture.

  • Dental Implants

  • It is normal to feel discomfort or endure a light gum bleeding in the same day of the surgery.

    Follow the dentist’s prescription and take your medications at their right timings.

    Apply cold compresses to your face on the implantation area on the surgery day for 10 minutes then remove it for 5 minutes. Repeat several times.

    Reserve an appointment for your next session to remove the stitches

    Do not hold your lip up to take a look at the surgery location

    Do not brush the teeth in the surgery area.

    You might feel momentarily numbness in the surgery area. It is also possible to feel that your teeth are moving.

    Quit smoking and do not use a straw for a few days after the surgery.

  • Gum Surgeries

  • You might feel some pain briefly or endure light gum bleeding  in the same day of the surgery.

    Follow the dentist’s prescription and take your medications at their right timings.

    After undergoing the surgery, apply an ice bag to your face for five minutes then remove it for 10 minutes

    Take another appointment for removing the post-surgery examination  

    Do not hold your lip up to take a look at the surgery location

    Do not brush the teeth in the surgery area.

    It is normal to feel momentarily numbness in the surgery area. It is also possible to feel that your teeth are moving.

    Quit smoking for a few days after the surgery and do not use a straw in the same day of the surgery.

  • Orthodontics

  • It is normal to feel discomfort or soreness after applying the braces to your teeth or after the monthly tightening the session.

    Be careful in using the braces and avoid hard and sticky foods (gums).

    Brushing the teeth around the orthodontic brackets can be tiresome, but it is crucial nevertheless.

  • Dental cleaning

    • You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold food, especially after deep cleaning.
    • If the cleaning is done under anesthesia do not eat until the anesthetic wears off.
    • Brush your teeth every day and use dental floss.
    • You may experience some gum bleeding, if it continues for more than two days contact your dentist.
  • Root canal

    • You may experience some pain and sensitivity in the treated tooth, you may also experience some gum sensitivity for a few days after treatment. However all this will wear off in a few days.
    • You should follow the dentist’s orders and take any prescribed medicine on time.
    • Do not chew on the treated tooth for an hour, and do not chew on the temporary filling. Until the permanent filling is placed try to chew on the other side.
    • You can brush your teeth and use dental floss as usual.
    • Stick to the given date for placing the permanent filling. Any delay may cause a lot of harm to the tooth.
  • Crowns and bridges

    • Crowns and bridges require two or three sessions, during the first session teeth are prepared, measures and sizes are taken, and in some cases a temporary crown is placed.
    • You may experience some gum sensitivity or pain, this will wear off after placing the permanent fixture.
    • When using an anesthetic you should abstain from chewing for a couple of wears lest you bite your lips or tongue.
    • Temporary fixture are usually made of plastic so they might break or fall off if bitten on. You should be careful with them and try to avoid sticky food and solid food, and also try to eat on the other side. If a fixture falls off you should contact your dentist as it should be replaced immediately, they are placed to protect the teeth until the permanent fixture is on place.
    • You can brush your teeth normally, but try to avoid using dental floss around temporary fixtures.
    • After placing the permanent fixture, you may experience discomfort for a couple of days, or a change in bite. If this continues for more than three days contact your dentist.
  • Filling

    • No eating for the first hour after filling, or until the anesthesia wears off.
    • Parents should monitor children for two hours after filling to make sure that they do not eat and that they do not bite their lips or tongue.
    • The patient should abstain from biting on lead metal filling for at least two hours after filling.
    • You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold food, this will wear off in a couple of days.
    • If you experience severe pain you should contact your dentist immediate
  • Teeth extraction

    • The patient should press the piece of gauze which the dentist had placed for a full hour. If the area of the extraction is still bleeding, the patient should place another piece of gauze and press for an hour or until the bleeding stops.
    • Parents should monitor children after teeth extraction, or any other procedure that calls for anaesthesia in the lower jaw, and not allow them to eat until the anaesthetic wears off. A child may bite their lips or tongue and cause harm without noticing under anesthesia.
    • Patients should avoid cold and hot drinks the first day after extraction, as well as carbonated drinks. They should also abstain from smoking and brushing their teeth. They can carry on with their lives as usual the following day.
    • The patient might feel pain and numbness around the lips as well as in the area of the extraction, especially after extracting wisdom teeth, however it will ease in a while.
    • The patient should follow the dentist’s orders and take any prescribed medicine on time.
    • During the second and third day of the surgery the patient should stick to liquid food such as yogurt, milk, soup and juice.
    • After complicated surgeries like buried wisdom tooth surgery the patient should put a cold press for 10 minutes and then remove it for 55 minutes then repeat.
    • If you experience severe pain or severe bleeding you should contact your dentist immediately.
  • Electric brush vs. Manual brush

  • There are many studies comparing between the effectivity of manual toothbrushing and electric toothbrushing.

    Despite that electric toothbrushing isn’t as effective, most studies concluded that electric brushing in general is better than manual brushing as it makes the cleaning process easier and more efficient.

    Electric brushes make special vibrations can’t be experienced in manual hand brushing. Electric toothbrushes with thin heads like the ones offered by Oral B and Rotadent can reach difficult angles and narrow areas, this is better for those who have braces or suffering from gum diseases.

  • How to floss your teeth?

  • Using dental floss is crucial as it helps cleaning areas of your teeth that cannot be reached by your toothbrush. Floss should be used at least once every day before going to sleep.

    To start, cut a 40-centimeter floss and wrap both of its ends on the middle fingers of both your hands, then use both of your thumb and index fingers to push the floss between your teeth one be one. Be careful not to hurt your gum though.

    In the spaces between the adjacent teeth, run the floss over all the tooth surfaces smoothly in all directions before moving to the next one.

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