Taking care of your TEETH | Everything you need to know | Summary and Q&A

March 3, 2023
Dr. John Yoo
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Taking care of your TEETH | Everything you need to know


Dental hygienist Monica shares valuable tips on improving bad breath, brushing techniques, flossing correctly, and debunking common dental myths.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How can I improve bad breath?

According to Monica, you should tongue scrape, rinse with mouthwash, and chew gum with xylitol to stimulate salivary flow.

Q: Why is the "back and forth" brushing technique bad?

Monica explains that starting at the gum line and moving away in circular motions is better for preserving gums and removing plaque compared to the ineffective back and forth technique.

Q: Is it okay to brush immediately after consuming acidic beverages like wine or coffee?

No, Monica suggests waiting 30 to 45 minutes and rinsing with water or fluoridated mouthwash before brushing to prevent enamel demineralization caused by acidity.

Q: Are electric toothbrushes more effective?

Monica recommends electric toothbrushes for their ability to reduce plaque effectively, built-in timers, and different brush heads, making them a worthwhile investment for daily oral hygiene.

Q: What is the proper technique for flossing?

According to Monica, the recommended technique is to go in between teeth and hug the tooth on one side, then go underneath the gum line to remove plaque that can lead to hardened plaque or calculus if left unremoved.

Q: Should I be concerned if my gums bleed while flossing?

No, bleeding indicates inflammation and a need for better brushing and flossing. Eventually, with correct oral hygiene practices, the bleeding should slow down and stop.

Q: Is rinsing after brushing necessary?

Monica suggests not rinsing after brushing to leave the fluoride toothpaste on the teeth, as it helps protect against tooth decay. Most people tend to rinse out the toothpaste, thinking it feels gross to leave it on.

Q: What type of toothbrush should I use?

Soft bristles are recommended to prevent damaging gums. Hard bristles can abrade gums, leading to gum recession. For babies, extra soft bristles are advised.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Monica, a dental hygienist, provides tips on improving bad breath, including tongue scraping, using mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum with xylitol.

  • She explains the importance of brushing techniques, emphasizing circular motions at a 45-degree angle to preserve gums and targeting commonly missed areas.

  • Monica advises waiting at least 30 to 45 minutes after consuming acidic foods or drinks before brushing to protect enamel, and recommends using electric toothbrushes for their effectiveness in reducing plaque.

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