Idaho Falls Dental Group has 8 full and part time hygienists. A hygienist typically completes four years of intensive college training culminating in certification exams in order to practice as a dental hygienist. There is much more involved than just "polishing" teeth. A hygienist is concerned about the health of not just teeth, but also the gums, bone and supporting structures of the teeth. This is called the periodontium, and people lose teeth due to periodontal disease more than any other reason. Hygienists are also trained to be concerned about the over-all health of the patient, and will ask questions accordingly. Our hygienists are highly trained at Idaho State University - one of the premier hygiene schools in the entire country. And all have been with us for a long time, having the skill and experience to provide our patients with optimum treatment.
Studies have shown links between periodontal (gum) disease, heart disease and other health conditions.
Research further suggests that gum disease may be a more serious risk factor for heart disease than hypertension, smoking, cholesterol, gender and ages.
Researchers conclusions suggest that bacteria present in infected gums can become loose and move throughout the body through the bloodstream. Once bacteria reaches the arteries, they can irritate them in the same way that they irritate gum tissue causing arterial plaque which builds up and can affect blood flow.
Brushing your teeth is a very important task for your oral health and should be done three times a day.
1) Brush teeth gently using a circular motion along the outside and inside of the tooth surface while holding the brush at a 45 degree angle.
2) Make sure to brush each tooth individually and to use the front half of the brush in a circular motion vertically behind the front teeth.
3) Place the brush against the top of your teeth use a gentle back-and-forth motion to brush. After brushing all your teeth be sure to brush your tongue in order to remove odor-producing bacteria.
Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind some of it around your middle finger (3 turns). This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty. Shorten the length between the two fingers to 6 inches and wind some floss (1 turn) around the opposite middle finger. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers. Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth. Hold the floss tightly against the tooth as you gently rub the side of the tooth with an up and down motion. Before retrieving it, clean the adjacent tooth surface.
As you finish cleaning each contact wind the dirty floss once around the first middle finger and slide more new length of floss to proceed to the next contact.
Sonicare's unique, patented combination of high speed bristle motion with extra wide sweeping motion creates effective, yet gentle, dynamic fluid cleaning motion. You get excellent plaque removal, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as between and below the gum line. You can count on naturally whiter teeth and healthier gums.
Sonicare is excellent in battling gum disease, dry mouth, bad breath and tooth sensitivity. Its sweeping motion is very good in cleaning around dental restorations such as implants, crowns and veneers as well as cleaning braces.
Xylitol is an all natural sweetener with anti-bacterial properties. This unique sweetener is primarily derived from forest and agricultural products. In the early 1970s, the dental benefits of using xylitol to prevent caries were recognized and published. Xylitol is available in many products such as toothpaste, oral rinse, chewing gum and mints. The efficacy of these products depend on the amount of xylitol in the product and frequency of use.
We recommend using products from the Spry Dental Defense System for proven effective oral hygiene. The use of xylitol found in these products has been clinically proven to help reduce the risk of cavities and other oral diseases.
We also recommend Xlear Nasal Wash with xylitol to help cleanse and hydrate sinus tissues. When used consistently, Xlear Nasal Wash can help build strong respiratory health.