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What Parts of the mouth do people usually forget to clean?

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

While the old adage states “Brush only the ones you want to keep”, we definitely don’t condone that behavior. Not only do we recommend cleaning all your teeth, here are a few other areas of the mouth that are often overlooked.

Tongue – Like all other parts of the mouth, the tongue can accumulate debris and bacteria. While typical brushing can clean the tongue to some extent, if you really want to clean your tongue you may want to use a tongue scraper to really do it right.

Gums – One of the areas that is missed most during brushing is where the teeth meet the gums. It’s important to brush the area at a 45 degree angle to reach all the spaces properly. Be mindful not to brush too hard, as you don’t want to cause gum recession.

In between the teeth – Most people still don’t floss and as a result miss cleaning a large percentage of their tooth surface. It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to floss regularly.

The back teeth – Researchers found that the top back teeth are the ones most likely to have plaque on them. Be sure to take your time with the back teeth, brushing and flossing to get the entire surface of the teeth.

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How Does Bacteria Cause an Infection in the Mouth? From Plaque to Abscess

Serious dental infections all start simply enough, bacteria lands on some food stuck to a tooth and starts eating. As the bacteria replicate they start forming a biofilm, a layer of bacteria, that we know as dental plaque. As the bacteria continue to feast, they start producing acid as a byproduct. This acid starts eroding […]

Apr
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What Parts of the mouth do people usually forget to clean?

While the old adage states “Brush only the ones you want to keep”, we definitely don’t condone that behavior. Not only do we recommend cleaning all your teeth, here are a few other areas of the mouth that are often overlooked. Tongue – Like all other parts of the mouth, the tongue can accumulate debris […]

Mar
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How Can A Plaque-Identifying Toothpaste Prevent Heart Attacks or Strokes?

Can toothpaste save your life? According to researchers, the answer seems to be… yes!. As you may know, your oral health is the gateway to your overall health, so why not take both into consideration when you’re brushing your teeth? According to the CDC, nearly 48 percent of Americans age 30 and older (and even […]

Mar
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Everything in Moderation (Including Fluoride)

While fluoride is essential for creating a healthy, thick enamel layer on teeth, if too much of it is present, especially at a key point in a child’s dental development, a condition called fluorosis can occur. This condition presents itself most commonly in children as old as nine in the form of discoloration of teeth, […]

Mar
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Factors that determine the cost of dental implant treatment

One of the first questions that patients looking to replace missing teeth with dental implants ask is, “How much do dental implants cost?”. The inevitable answer is, “It depends”. This isn’t because the person answering the phone is trying to brush off the question, it’s because it really does depend. Here are some factors that […]

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