In this age of technology, a patient’s ability to perform regular and effective self dental care has increased manifold. Technology has not only enabled dentists to perform complex surgeries and other procedures with minimum invasion but also allowed people to take such measures that may avert the need to visit a dental clinic.
If a person is brushing and flossing regularly and effectively, more than half the chances of he or she developing an oral problem are negated.
Here are some devices that have been gifted by technology to common folk to take care of their oral health:
1. Electric toothbrushes:
There has been a steady increase in the number of people who subscribe to electric toothbrushes to allow their 32 pearls shining bright and white. Dentists recommend electric toothbrushes and claim them to be the best means of keeping the teeth clean and plaque free.
Electric toothbrushes come with replaceable heads which need to be changed every few months. The handle of the brush receives charge from a wall socket. Electric brushes come with various features and specialise according to the purpose viz. sensitive teeth, whitening, gum massage etc. Based on the purpose it is to be used, an electric toothbrush may vibrate, oscillate rotate or use sonic technology.
Some electric toothbrushes have pressure sensors to warn you when you go too hard on your teeth. They may also have digital reminders to remind you to replace the head.
2. Water flossers for Interdental cleaning:
Interdental cleaning forms a major part of oral care routine. Interdental cleaning devices such as water flossers which are also known as dental water jets or oral irrigators play a vital role in accomplishing interdental hygiene.
Water flossers massage gums to improve blood circulation which makes them stronger. It is also a wonder tool for people who use braces. Braces generally create inaccessible areas where dental floss cannot reach. Good water flossers come with an orthodontic tip for people who use braces. It is a wise idea to add some mouthwash to the water in your water flosser. Water flossers have also been shown to reduce gingivitis and bleeding.
It is recommended to use the water flosser on lower settings first and raise the level as you get used to it.
3. Dental Plaque Staining:
Ever thought how beneficial can teeth staining be for oral health? Well, at least temporarily it certainly is.
The procedure of dental plaque staining assists you in locating spots with plaque deposits that you may be missing during your daily dental care regimen. At home plaque staining kits come with chewable tablets that need to be chewed and spread over the teeth surface. Once they are on the surface of the teeth, rinse them off with water. After rinsing, you can spot the problem areas on your denture which will be colored in the color of the dye that your tablets contained.
The dyes used by most plaque detector kits are fluorescent and illuminate under UV rays in the same manner as stains on a carpet.