Proper oral hygiene - rules
Proper oral hygiene, i.e. brushing your teeth and gums, is essential to avoid periodontal disease and caries. How to brush your teeth to keep them healthy? How to prevent tooth decay? How to care for children's teeth?
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1. How should I brush my teeth?
To brush your teeth, we should use a soft toothbrush or possibly a medium bristle toothbrush. Those with hard bristles can damage the gums and tooth necks, especially if they are exposed. The brush itself should be replaced approximately every two months. The one with damaged bristles is not effective and does not clean the spaces between the teeth well. Dental floss also plays an important role in the daily care of teeth. It allows you to remove the debris that has stuck in the gaps between the teeth and to which the toothbrush cannot reach. When choosing a toothpaste, choose one that does not irritate the periodontium. However, brushing your teeth is not enough. Bacteria also build up on the tongue and gums and need to be removed. Therefore, it is recommended to wash your tongue. Some toothbrushes have tongue cleaning pads. It is recommended to brush your teeth every day, at least twice a day.
Basic oral hygiene will avoid, for example, tooth decay
2. What is the risk of not brushing your teeth?
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By not brushing our teeth, we not only condemn others to our bad breath, but also lead to dental disease. Inadequate oral care contributes to inflammation that may be the beginning of a systemic disease, for example: heart, kidney, arthritis, and gastrointestinal diseases.
3. How to prevent tooth decay?
Just brushing your teeth is not enough to make sure that nothing dangerous is happening in our mouth. You should visit your dentist regularly. It is recommended to come to the dentist's office at least once every six months. Thanks to this, we can detect small cavities earlier and prevent the formation of extensive caries. It is also recommended to remove tartar and plaque that can lead to inflammation.
4. Children's teeth care
Children should visit the dentist more often - at least once every three months. Milk teeth that are not properly cared for deteriorate much faster. When taking care of your teeth, you should also remember about a proper diet. If you eat something sweet or give your child a special treat, remember to brush your teeth thoroughly after eating. We should start brushing children's teeth with water only. When a toddler is able to spit out the paste on his own, we can reach for a special preparation for the youngest. Older children can brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Fluoridation as well as sealing of molars and premolars can also be performed. This will protect young teeth against bacterial attack and make them stronger.