Newark Dental Center

FAQS

  • How to Clean Teeth
  • Why X-Rays are Necessary
  • Top 10 Uses for Floss

How to Clean Teeth, An Ounce of Prevention...

     Daily cleaning of your teeth and gums is the best and healthiest way to maintain your smile.  Teeth are just like cars.  It’s easier to change the oil than to change the engine. Likewise, it’s easier to clean your teeth at home and have your teeth cleaned professionally than to have teeth replaced. 

     We recommend soft toothbrushes, dental floss, and if necessary, waterpiks, interproximal brushes, and power toothbrushes.

     We recommend only soft or extra soft toothbrushes.  Do not use medium or hard as they can prematurely wear out the teeth at the gum line. 

  • Brush in a circular motion.
  • Point the bristles at the gum line. 
  • Brush for 1 to 2 minutes at a time, twice a day. 
  • Floss in between all teeth and behind the last tooth.
  • Your tooth brush should last 3 months.  If you are pressing too hard and the bristles are flattening out before then, then you are brushing too hard.
  • Brushing harder to compensate for not flossing is a bad strategy.   Get the floss holder

 

 A helpful oral hygiene aid is a  floss holder.  The brand we like for adults is FlossAid.  It allows you to floss with one hand and helps you to reach the back teeth.  String the holder and then insert the floss between teeth, working the floss through using a sawing motion.  Scrape each side of the adjacent teeth, beginning at the gum line and moving upwards.  Rinse the FlossAid occasionally to get rid of debris.  Floss at the end of the day. 

 

For people with gum problems, we recommend Gum proxabrushes and the Waterpik Waterflosser Ultra.  Proxabrushes are ideal when trying to clean spaces between teeth and bridges.  The Waterpik uses water pressure to clean deep between teeth and below the gum line.

 

 Interproximal brushes are small brushes that can fit in between teeth for people who have had gum recession and for cleaning under bridges.   They are great for cleaning around the main wire and brackets for people with braces. 

 

 The space between the tooth and the gums is called the pocket.  We measure that space when we do pocket measurements ( i.e.  periodontal probings).  Sometimes, the only way to clean out a deep pocket is by using a Waterpik.  We recommend the Ultra.  Our favorite tips are the classic and the Pik Pocket Tip.  To use it, adjust the power to the lowest setting, point the tip into the pocket, and hose it off.  The higher power settings are not intended for the gums, but only against teeth or braces. 


X-Rays, You Really Don’t Want Us to Guess...

 X-rays are necessary  to detect tooth decay and other problems that can’t been seen with the eye.  X-rays are a form of radiation than can penetrate human bone and skin.  At frequent or sustained high doses, x-rays can cause problems, but without an image, there could be other problems. 

 We prefer that every patient has a panoramic x-ray.  This x-ray show everything all at once:  teeth, tooth decay, infection, impacted teeth and tumors.  We have a new Planmeca digital panoramic machine that is instant and produces sharp images with a lower radiation dose compared to previous technology.

 

  The radiation dose of the panoramic x-ray is low compared to other medical procedures.

 

Study                                                              Effective dose in millisieverts

Panoramic x-ray

0.01

Mammogram

0.4

Lower back x-ray

1.5

Abdominal CT

8

Virtual Colonoscopy

10

Coronary Angiogram

15

Pelvic vein Embolization

60

Natural Background Radiation

3.1/year

Average exposure in U.S.

6.2/year

Domestic Pilots

2.2 /year

7 hour Airline Flight

0.02

Maximum limit to radiation exposure for Fukushima workers after the tsunami

250

 data from xrayrisk.com

     We respect the the potential danger of radiation of our imaging machines and take precautions to limit unnecessary exposure.   We take radiation safety seriously and follow the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle.  We use digital radiography as much as possible, we tailor the frequency of the x-rays to the patient's specific needs, and enforce the use of a leaded apron and thyroid collar,  However, the risk of our x-ray is minimal compared to the benefits of seeing all of the problem. 


Top 10 Uses for Floss

10. Use floss to sew on a button, if you can't find any thread.
9.  Tie small packages securely with dental floss.
8.  When making cinnamon rolls, use floss to cut through the filled and rolled dough.
7.  Instead of fishing line or wire, use floss to hang things, such as picture frames or ornaments.
6.  Use dental floss to tie your plant to stakes for support.
5.  If you're out of cooking twine, use floss to truss a chicken.
4.  For an arts and crafts project, floss is stronger than thread to string beads.
3.  When you're camping, use floss as a makeshift clothesline.
2.  Use dental floss to make a clean cut through cheesecake.
1.  The Number One Use for floss is to clean in between your teeth for healthy teeth and gums!



Newark Dental Center

37070 Newark Blvd. Suite A
Newark, CA  94560
(510) 792-1456

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