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Oral Care

Post by dentistry » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:37 am

Oral hygiene includes brushing the teeth and cleaning the mouth. When people are alert and capable they can practice good oral care themselves. But when someone is physically unable or unconscious, caregivers must assist with those tasks. Most dentists recommend a soft bristled toothbrush with toothpaste.
Reducing Dental Disease and Injury:

* Brush as soon as possible after each meal
* Hold the brush at a 45 degree angle to the teeth
* Brush the front and back of all teeth from the gum line toward the crown of the teeth, using a circular motion
* Brush back and forth over the chewing surfaces of the molars
* Rinse the mouth during brushing to flush out loosened particles
* Use a tartar control toothpaste or rinse containing fluoride
* If brushing is not possible, rinse mouth with water after eating
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Re: Oral Care and Bad Breath

Post by badbreath » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:06 pm

You should be brushing after every meal, roughly three times per day for at least two minutes at a time. You should be using floss after every meal, and use mouthwash and a tongue scraper at least twice each day. Pay attention to what kinds of foods that you are eating. Also, do you have problems with dry mouth? Dry mouth and post nasal drip can cause bad breath, so keep hydrated and try nasal spray/drops. Have regular dental checkups (roughly once every six months) to ensure that you do not have cavities or gum disease. Also, you should go to the doctor if it is a concern for you, since underlying health conditions like diabetes can cause bad breath.

You might want to avoid gum and mints that contain sugar because sugar actually FEEDS the bad breath-causing bacteria!

You can also try natural cures such as baking soda, green cardamom, parsley/mint garnishes, brussel sprouts, and green tea. These help deodorize the halitosis. These methods also help prevent bad breath.
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