Oral Health Care and Hygiene: How to Take Care of Your Teeth


Hi, I’m Katrina Szish for Howdini. Today we’re going to find out
how to get a healthy mouth in just three steps. To do that, I’m joined by Dr. Brian
Kantor, cosmetic dentist. Nice to see you, Brian. Nice to see you. How are you? I’m great. Now, I want to dive right in, though. What are some of the keys to maintaining
a healthy mouth? You know, today, having a healthy mouth
is more important than ever. Actually having a healthy mouth can
lead to having a healthier body. It’s more important than ever to
take good care of your mouth. So what I tell all of my patients
is to have three easy steps– a good diet, see your dentist twice
a year regularly for cleanings and checkups, and to have
good oral hygiene. OK, now let’s focus a little
bit on good oral hygiene– brushing, flossing, mouthwash. Is there an order? Well, the most important thing, yes,
is brushing twice a day, flossing twice a day, and rinsing
with mouthwash. I say brushing and flossing, you can
pick whichever one you want to do. And then you should end with rinsing
with mouthwash because it washes it away and actually leaves you
with fresh minty breath. I love fresh minty breath. OK, toothbrushes. Some people swear by their electric
toothbrush, and they say it does a better job than a manual toothbrush. Is that true? Well, actually, whatever
works for you. I say to the patient, whatever
works for you, you can use, manual or electric. The beauty of the electric toothbrush
is it does some of the work for you. There’s a timer. It makes sure you brush each quadrant–
there are four quadrants– for 30 seconds each. So it times you, and at two minutes, it
beeps, so it knows you’ve actually done a thorough job. The manual toothbrush you actually have
to do manually with no timer. Oh no! It requires a little more effort, but
if you feel comfortable with it, that’s great. But the most important thing, no matter
if it’s manual, electric, battery powered, is the bristles. It has to have soft bristles. There’s soft, medium, and hard. So when you’re shopping,
you should look for– I guess it says soft bristles? Soft, yes, absolutely. It’s imperative. Speaking of shopping for tooth-brushing
products, toothpaste. There are so many out there. Does it really matter
which one I choose? Yes. The most important ingredient in
toothpaste is it has fluoride. Fluoride will actually– it helps
remineralize the enamel, so it makes the teeth healthier. So the most important ingredient
in the toothpaste is fluoride. Most toothpastes have fluoride,
but make sure it has it. There are a lot of other ingredients
that some toothpastes have, and you have to pick and choose what
works best for you. There are some that a minty fresh. For people with bad breath, they
get more of a minty taste. There are some that has
antisensitivity. For people with sensitive teeth or gums
that have receded, they want a toothpaste that actually helps
decrease the sensitivity. There’s also whitening toothpastes,
which help remove surface stain a little better than the
other toothpastes. So you really have to see
what works best for you. So shop around a little bit. Try them out. Yes. I would say buy a few. Try them out. See what works best for you, what tastes
best, what you like to use, and go with that toothpaste. OK, now when it comes to taste, I think
of mouthwash, and we love the residual effect, that
fresh minty breath. But sometimes, mouthwashes burn. Now, why do they burn, and
do they need to burn? Does that mean they’re
doing a good job? No, the burning does not mean
it’s doing a good job. The burning is the alcohol
in the mouthwash. It’s not an active ingredient. All it does is it’s a binding
agent for the mouthwash. OK, fantastic. Now, flossing, of course, is
one of those key things. And it goes way beyond just removing
those food particles from between the teeth. Yes. Flossing is imperative. The teeth have a lot of surface area, a
lot of hard-to-get places, and food gets trapped all over. And you have to really get all the food
out, because the food accumulates bacteria, and the bacteria cause
bad breath and decay. So flossing actually gets in between the
teeth and gets the food particles out, and it also gets
underneath the gums. Now, there’s different types of floss,
and you can use what’s best for you. There’s a waxed floss. People with very tight contacts, so in
the back of your mouth, the posterior, some of those molars are really tight
together, and it’s hard to get regular floss in there. So that person should use waxed
false because the wax actually gets in there easier. It slips in there, and it’s
easier to get through. So again, you should try different
types of floss and see what works best for you. OK, now flossing, though, of course,
some people think, eh, I can do it once a week. But you say twice a day for flossing. Yes. The three most important parts of
your oral hygiene is having– brushing twice a day– minimum– flossing twice a day, and rinsing with
mouth rinse twice a day as well. OK, now, of course, one of the most
important parts is coming to see the dentist. How often should
we come see you? Twice a year. If you have the best oral hygiene in the
world, you still have to come see a dentist. It’s important to have a
professional cleaning and to get examined by a dentist. There are a lot
of infections and diseases that actually show signs in the oral cavity
before it spreads elsewhere– oral cancer, leukemia, HIV. These all
shows signs and symptoms in the mouth. So the dentist is almost like a
detective and can detect some of these symptoms before it becomes a problem. OK, well, thanks so much for
joining us, Dr. Kantor. I think I’m ready to go floss. How about you? Thanks. Thank you. To recap, you need to get a good
toothbrush, an electric, like this one, or there’s lower-cost options, like
this battery powered or manual one, and change them out
every three months. Toothpaste. The must-haves are cavity
fighting with fluoride. But today you can also get toothpaste to
whiten, to fight gingivitis, or for sensitive teeth. So talk to your dentist about your
needs and spend a little time in-store or online. Try a few out and see what
works best for you. The floss. Remember to floss below the gum
line where the bacteria live. Mouthwash. It can do more than just
freshen your breath. It can help kill germs that cause
plaque, gingivitis, and bad breath. Use it twice a day, morning and night. On behalf of Crest, I’m Katrina
Szish for Howdini. For more information, check
out the website.

24 Replies to “Oral Health Care and Hygiene: How to Take Care of Your Teeth”

  1. Different Brand and styles are all going to be different. I would recommend that you research different models and read descriptions and reviews and see if you can get a better sense of the one that is right for you. Thanks for watching! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the comments! Be sure to check out our other videos, youtube.com/playlist?action_edit=1&list=PL4986B99E36B36459

  3. Why do the bristles need to be soft on a toothbrush? I just started using Colgate MaxWhite toothbrush and the bristles are a little bit stiffer than some of the other toothbrushes I've tried but I feel like it really cleans my teeth and gums so well! Also, I tend to scrub my teeth pretty hard, like until my gums bleed. My dentist told me to scrub my gums because they are a little swollen. Since the bristles need to be soft, should I be brushing my teeth and gums soft as well?

  4. As a dentist I am pleased to see that others are promoting the importance of having a healthy mouth. Visits to the dentist twice a year is one step towards maintaining not only your mouth's health, but your overall health. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Good to know of the habits leading to oral hygiene. Just wanted to know how harmful is coffee to oral hygiene as i tend to have almost 4 cups a day while working.

  6. The real reason it better to use soft bristles is because hard bristles can break down enamel. Also soft cleans in creases of teeth better.

  7. soft bristles are indeed the best to use. It not only cleans the teeth but it too gently massages our gums and tongue.

  8. This video is pretty good. It shows us that it’s so easy to maintain a healthy mouth. All it takes is our small efforts to follow simple steps.

  9. It is a very informative attempt to make people aware of complete oral health care and hygiene. Right choice of toothbrush, flossing to remove bacteria, mouth fresh to reduce plaque and dental visit are practical ways that everyone can implement in their hectic daily life. Thoroughly enjoyed watching it.

  10. Nice! many people having problem on how to take care their teeth properly. Thanks for executing it!

  11. Thanks for posting.  Floss daily. It is important to floss regularly to remove the plaque and food particles that get caught in between your teeth. Even the best brush job cannot reach these areas. Failure to floss can cause many problems including cavities, plaque build-up, gingivitis, and even periodontal disease.

  12. Are you saying that you’re not suppose to rinse with water and use the mouthwash after you brush your teeth??? Holy cow I’ve been doing it wrong

  13. How to take care of your teeth? Why not try a sonicare toothbrush. Just need to replace the heads every 3 month and clean your teeth efficiently. Engive toothbrush heads replacement highly recommended. Not expensive and awesome. Try it.

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