20 January 2022

How do I take good care of my oral hygiene?

Proper oral hygiene is very important if you want your teeth to be in excellent condition. Do you know how to properly take care of your teeth? How often should you brush them, and is brushing alone sufficient? Today we will try to bring this subject a little closer to you.

Brushing teeth in practice, or how often to brush your teeth?

Do you know how often you should brush your teeth? Morning and evening is an absolute must. But what about during meals? It has been repeated for years that teeth should be brushed after each meal, but in this respect it is more complicated. Well, teeth are not brushed immediately after eating. Why? Food influences the PH in the oral cavity, which changes depending on what we eat. In some cases - such as citrus consumption brushing teeth with fluoride toothpaste directly after eating is not a good idea. So before you brush your teeth after a meal, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash.

Thorough cleaning is important because it allows to remove from the surface all the food debris that accumulates during a meal. Lingering particles are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and from here it is a simple way to develop caries. Particular attention should be paid in the evening, before going to bed.

Choosing a toothbrush and toothpaste

The choice of appropriate means is also not without significance. First of all, the toothbrush. Currently, you can choose between manual and electric toothbrushes. Which is the better option? Electric toothbrushes are more precise. The moving head allows for more thorough cleaning of the tooth surface, removing food debris and bacteria that accumulate on the enamel surface. This is made possible by the rotating motion of the head. Although electric toothbrushes are more effective, the classic manual toothbrush solution is still very popular among patients. If you value the traditional approach, be sure to choose a variant with medium-hard bristles. Why go for it. Hard bristles can irritate the gums, leading to damage to the gum surface and unpleasant discomfort. If it is too soft, it will simply be ineffective and will not clean your teeth properly. In the case of manual toothbrushes, it is also important to pay attention to the shape and design: a tapered head and a flexible tip that allows you to reach hard-to-reach areas.

Once you have chosen the right toothbrush, the question of toothpaste remains. You can't brush your teeth with just any product. But how to choose the right one? Adults should choose toothpastes with a fluoride content not lower than 1450 ppm, but if you have any doubts, the best way is to consult your dentist. During your visit, we will be happy to help you choose a variant individually tailored to the needs of your teeth.

Technique for brushing teeth

Once you know how often to brush your teeth and how to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste, the question of technique remains. If you have any doubts, we offer our knowledge and assistance. During your visit we will explain and show you everything in detail so that you can effectively take care of your health, not only your teeth, but also your gums. Therefore, the basis should be a sweeping motion, directed away from the gums.

The cleaning technique with a sonic toothbrush is slightly different, as the head moves and the patient simply places the surface of the toothbrush against their teeth without performing any additional movements.

Regardless of the type of toothbrush you choose, it is a good idea to floss to remove bacteria and food debris that can be found in places difficult to reach with a toothbrush. Flossing should be done immediately before brushing.

It is worth remembering that prevention is not only about preventing diseases of teeth, but also periodontal tissues, because only comprehensive protection allows you to effectively and correctly take care of the condition and health of the entire oral cavity.

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