What's your cleaning routine???

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What's your cleaning routine???

#1 Post by ricardo2 » Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:49 pm

Hi Everyone,

Hope everyone is doing OK! Well, as some of you probably know, I'm totally paranoid & OTT about having clean teeth, what with the decay probs. :-}

I suppose I'm just curious to know what everyone else's cleaning routine is.... Am I over-doing it, or missing something out?! :?

Well, here goes:

Each morning & after meals & before bedtime:

Interdental brushes between each tooth/brackets - 30 MINUTES
Clean with Braun Oral-B electric toothbrush - 10 MINUTES
Tongue Scraper
Fluorigard Mouthwash
Fluoride Gel Treatment
Oral-B Superfloss between every tooth, bracket & nance - 45 MINUTES

The whole ritual seems to take almost an hour & a half every time! It's OK 'coz I can do the interdental brushing & flossing whilst watching TV, so I don't mind too much! :wink: But I'm finding that snacking, breakfast & lunch are now out as I simply can't be bothered to pick the remains afterwards!! :yuck:

Is anyone else finding this tedious (although essential) routine a pain in the bum?! :roll:

LUCY xxx

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#2 Post by alexa » Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:54 pm

Wow. You're cleaning routine has made me feel like a major oral hygeine slacker. :(

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#3 Post by ricardo2 » Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:56 pm

...Or I've got an obsessive compulsive disorder!!!! :?

(I wouldn't mind, but I STILL get decay, coz of the meds!) :oops:

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#4 Post by alexa » Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:01 pm

Nope...I think it's that I'm a slacker.

2 minutes with Sonicare and maybe a floss. I'm a bad girl. :(
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#5 Post by Dmourning » Tue Sep 27, 2005 6:18 pm

My weekday routine is like this:

Wake up: Mouthwash only

Get to work and eat breakfast: Brush with travel toothbrush in the bathroom

Eat lunch at work: Brush with travel toothbrush in the bathroom

Eat dinner at home: Brush with OralB electric toothbrush, floss and mouthwash.
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#6 Post by mackenzie » Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:29 pm

MORNING: brush, sometimes use the long skinny toothbrush under archwire. Someone please, what is that thing called? Sometimes mouthwash.

AFTER SCHOOL: sometime brush, sometimes floss too.

BEFORE BED: brush, skinny brush, sometimes floss and mouthwash.

I try to floss whenever I have the time during the day and I try to do it once a day but I can't a lot. I mouthwash when I feel like it. I feel like I'm doing pretty good, but you deserve a star!
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#7 Post by jaws » Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:57 pm

Wow, I agree, that's quite the routine! Here is mine:

MORNING (after breakfast): Brush with Sonicare toothbrush/Biotene toothpaste, and rinse with Biotene mouthwash OR Listerine.

DURING THE DAY: I try to brush after lunch with my travel toothbrush, but it doesn't always happen.

NIGHT (before bed): Floss all teeth with regular floss threader, brush with Sonicare toothbrush, rinse with Oral B Fluoride rinse.
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#8 Post by hollybear1414 » Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:32 pm

sonicare 2 min. in the morning. Sometimes at night too.


Yep, I'm going to hell :twisted:

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#9 Post by TaraM971 » Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:56 am

Anytime I brush.... I use "Listerine Pre-Brush Rinse" for 1-2 minutes, then my sonicare for 2 minutes, and an occasional floss.... i sound terrible compared to you people! Good job!
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#10 Post by dubnobass » Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:33 am

I thought I might "win", but maybe not..

Morning: 2 minutes with the Sonicare, plus an extra quick scrubbing of the brackets with a normal hard toothbrush because the Sonicare doesn't seem to be very good at keeping plaque off the brackets :?

Evening: 2 minutes with Sonicare, rinse out with Corsodyl mouthwash

That's yer lot. I do not floss, never have, never will. I also do not clean after meals or in the middle of the day, but swish round my mouth very hard with water to get rid of things stuck under the brackets.[/b]

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#11 Post by ricardo2 » Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:42 am

Thanks for all your replies!!....OK, I think I've got an obsessive problem! :?

BUT.... I STILL get decay despite doing all this! HOW????????? :-+ I don't eat sugary things etc... live on water, eat healthily etc! It's driving me mad.... surely the meds can't cause decay when there's nothing left in my mouth to create the problem in the first place!

I think I must have the cleanest gob in Britain... if not the world! :)

Take care

LUCY xxx

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#12 Post by dubnobass » Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:26 am

I can't say I'm too bothered by the prospect of gum disease - I had it when I was a teenager but since switching to a Sonicare a few years ago, my dentist can find no sign of it. I haven't needed anywhere near as many scales and polishes since then either.

On the rare occasions I have tried flossing, nothing comes out. It seems pointless to me.

I think I shall continue to not floss, 'cos frankly, life's too short!

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#13 Post by cookie » Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:41 am

You seriously spend 4.5 hours a day brushing your teeth. Good Lord! Don't mean to sound off, but sdon't you have anything better to do - like work, or go about your day to day business?

My tooth cleaning routine consists of:

Brush with regular toothbrush (currently a disposible sonic clean Colgate one) for 2/3 minutes
Brush with interdental brush
Rinse with Listerene Anti-Tartar mouthwash (the blue one)
Floss with Glide floss (PM only)
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#14 Post by mackenzie » Wed Sep 28, 2005 2:10 pm

dubnobass wrote: On the rare occasions I have tried flossing, nothing comes out. It seems pointless to me.

I think I shall continue to not floss, 'cos frankly, life's too short!
I think you get microscopic stuff out when you floss.
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#15 Post by Tin Man » Wed Sep 28, 2005 4:32 pm

I floss mostly for breath related purposes. I find it too frustrating to floss everday though.
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