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Perio Aids       

Toothbrushing cannot accomplish plaque removal for the proximal tooth surfaces and adjacent gingiva to the same degree that it does for the facial, lingual, and palatal aspects. Interdental plaque control, therefore, is essential to complete the patient's self-oral-care program.

Objectives are based on achieving optimum gingival, periodontal, and surrounding tissues health.  

Key Benefits

  • Benefit 1 -- Gingival health without interdental bleeding
  • Benefit 2 -- The normal healthy breath
  • Benefit 3 -- Quick healing of wounds and irritated gum, tissue, and lips

Items for Consumption

Dental Floss, Tongue Scraper, Dental Gel, and Lip Balm contribute to overall cleanliness and oral health. 

1. Dental Floss
Waxed nylon filaments have been widely used in circular (floss) form for bacterial plaque removal from proximal tooth surfaces.
Smooth surface provided by the wax covering helps to prevent trauma to the gum.
Slides through contact area with ease.
Wax gives strength and durability during application; shredding or breakage is rare. 
2. Tongue Scraper (Cleaner)
A variety of plastic or flexible metal scrapers are available to clean the dorsal surface of tongue.
By removing debris and microorganisms, the patient can expect tongue scraping to contribute to overall mouth cleanliness, reduce the numbers of bacteria available for plaque formation, and lessen mouth odors.
Brushing and scraping of the dorsal surface of the tongue is a daily requirement.
The tongue is a major source of the organisms producing bad breath. 
3. Dental Gel
A non-toxic gel that heals, conditions,, and deodorizes wounds, abrasions, and irritated gums. Containing some substances reducing malodor and bacterial by products.
4. Lip Balm
A lip balm that relieves and prevents dry, chapped, sun, and windburned lips.
 

Guidelines and Instructions

1.  Effective Method of Flossing
A. When to Floss
For the most patients, dental floss should be used before toothbrusing.
       B. Floss Preparation
       Hold a 12 - to 15-inch length of floss with the thumb and index finger of each hand; grasp firmly with only 1/2 inch of floss between the finger tips. The ends of the floss may be tucked into the palm and held by the ring and little finger.
       C. Application
       Direct the floss up (Maxillary Teeth) by holding the floss over two thumbs or a thumb and an index finger. Rest a side of a finger on teeth of opposite side of the maxillary arch to provide balance and a fulcrum.
       Direct the floss down (Mandibular Teeth) by holding the two index fingers on top of the strand. One index finger holds the floss on the lingual aspect and the other on the facial aspect. The side of the finger on the lingual side is held on the teeth of the opposite side of the mouth to serve as a fulcrum or rest.
       D. Insertion
       Hold floss firmly in diagonal or oblique position.
Guide the floss past each contact area with a gentle sawing motion.
       Control floss to prevent snapping through the contact area onto the gingival tissue.
       E. Cleaning Stroke
       Clean adjacent teeth separately; for the distal aspect, curve the floss mesially, and for the mesial aspect, curve the floss distally, around the tooth.
       Pass the floss below the gingival margin, curve to adapt the floss around the tooth, press, and slide up and down over the tooth surface. Repeat.
       Loop the floss over the distal surfaces of the most posterior teeth in each quadrant and the teeth next to edentulous areas. Hold firmly against the tooth and move the floss in both an up-and-down motion and a "shoeshine" stroke.
 
2. Tongue Care by Scraping
Place the arch of Tongue Scraper toward the posterior of the dorsal surface.
Press with a light but firm stroke, and pull forward.
Repeat several times, covering the entire surface of the tongue.
Wash the tongue scraper under running water.
 
3. Directions for Use of Dental Gel
Apply liberally to affected tissue as needed.
Leaving on for several minutes.
After use, expectorate gel.
       Do not drink or eat for at least 30 minutes.
 
4. Instructions for Use Lip Balm
To help prevent dry, chapped, sun- or windburned lips, apply to lips as needed before, during, and following exposure to sun, wind, water and cold weather.

 

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