• A dentist and an orthodontist will work together towards ensuring that you are in the right state of oral health. However, there are major differences that will help you to identify8 the two in terms of their working and in their training as well. to help you have a better understanding of the two, here are some of the differences that will set them apart: Training A dentist will undergo 4 years of university training and 4 years in a dental school. For an orthodontist, however, he will undergo the same course with the dentist and later get into specialty training for 3 years where he will be taught about the working of orthodontics. Working A dentist has been trained like a general health practitioner who will diagnose oral problems and treat most of the common complications that affect the teeth, gums, and the mouth at large. An orthodontist is a specialist who will deal with cases such as treatment of crooked teeth, correction of bad bites, and ensure that poorly aligned jaws have been made right. Though some dentists will claim to be able to perform the responsibilities of an orthodontist, the level of expertise will not be the same. A professional dentist will carry out what he has been trained to do and then refer you to an orthodontist for specialized care. A dentist will be able to provide general dental services regardless of the age and you should make an effort of honoring all your annual visits to the dentist. In the event that the problem is beyond what he has been trained, the dentist will refer you to a specialist, who in this case is an orthodontist. If you have an irregularity in your dental alignment, orthodontists have been trained to ensure that he gets them...
  • Flossing is using a cord of thin filaments to clean away dental plague or food in the teeth where a toothbrush can’t remove. While doing flossing chances of developing gum problems are reduced and your teeth can be kept for a longtime. Flossing will also help in eradicating bad breath. Using efficient dental floss Choosing the best floss for your teeth according to your preference like a flavor or unflavored. Floss has two basic forms which are:- Nylon floss that is made of many strands of nylon and comes up waxed and unwaxed form. PTFE floss has a singlestrand and can glide the tightest space. However, if your teeth have a wide gap you can use tape floss or superloss which is best for cleaning dental bridges. Wrapping 2 inches of floss around thefingers Although many people do flossing after brushing, if flossing can be done before brushing this will allow fluoride contained in toothpaste to get as far as between the teeth to remove food particles. Allocate flossing. After holding floss between the thumbs, make sure that you left 3 or 4 inches exposed the area to use for flossing your teeth. By wrapping the floss around index fingers grabbing will be easy using thumbs or index fingers. Floss upper teeth by use of thumbs Choose the most comfortable way of flossing teeth. You may choose to use thumbs to floss upper teeth or use index fingers to floss bottom teeth. Gently do the flossing between the teeth while ensuring that every tooth is covered. Don’t be aggressive instead be careful to prevent hurting or bleeding. Avoid snapping a floss down the gums to avoid hurting the gum. After finishing flossing don’t keep that used floss instead toss it, because if that floss is used again, you reintroduce bacteria...
  • Wisdom teeth are final molars which will mostly grow when a person is in his late teens or a few years later. There are a lot of misconceptions about this set of teeth with some people saying that they are a must remove. However, if the wisdom teeth are healthy, have fully grown, correctly positioned, and able to clean, there will be no need to remove them. The following are instances that will prompt the removal of wisdom teeth: If they are still hidden beneath the gums: there are times when wisdom teeth will fail to emerge and if allowed to remain in this state, they will lead to gum infections and may damage the other teeth. If they have partially emerged: a wisdom tooth that has partially emerged will be difficult to clean and this will lead to bacterial infections. The best cause of action is removing them. If they have crowded nearby teeth: at times the wisdom teeth may lack adequate space to grow and this will lead to crowding which may end up damaging other teeth. Below are some of the signs that your wisdom teeth are causing problems and will need to be removed: Pain Tooth decay that is extensive Recurring infection near the last tooth Dum diseases Tumors If you notice that you are having difficulties when eating and that your teeth are no longer straight, it may be time to have the wisdom teeth removed so that the rest of the teeth can be corrected. However, if you are not having any problem as a result of the wisdom teeth, you do not have to remove them. It would be wrong to get on with a tooth removal just because others have had difficulties with their wisdom teeth. Good oral hygiene will help in...