The Truth About Dental Hygiene

From a young age we have learned that prevention is more important and easier than dealing with actual problems. I have heard this expression about many different topics but in certain situations if is even more relevant.

Take care of your skin, keep up with the latest trends in fashion, take care of the way you look, etc. But do you know what will never be demoted? Caring for your health. A perfect smile, for example, can never be obtained without special attention to your health.

What is health care that will help your teeth? Dentists can respond in unison to this question – care is primarily to prevent a problem. If we are talking about your health, prevention means avoiding illnesses while treatment is treating the illness. Either way there are many different approaches.

Dental problems occur with time and normally we visit the dentist only when pain occurs. How amazing would it be if we realize how simple we can avoid problems in this area!

Statistical data clearly shows that dental conditions are the leading cause of illnesses in the body. Thus, we find a prevalence of tooth decay in 90% of the population, over 60% of the population has maxillary abnormalities and more than 65% of the population over 35 has periodontitis. This data is startling, especially knowing how easily we can avoid getting these conditions.

It is essential that each of us find out the importance of permanent teeth care, knowing the symptoms of buccal dentistry and how they cause other diseases of the body.

By getting this information in the family, at school, and later by visiting the dentist, we can go from the “learn about” phase to the “understanding and realizing” phase of dental prevention.

Some key tips for prevention:

Toothpaste:

Every time you buy toothpaste, you face a difficult decision: to choose a toothpaste to protect your teeth against plaque or for teeth whitening. Choose fresh breath or to fight cavities?

The most effective toothpaste is a complex of substances that protect and structure, maintain cleanliness and fight against bacteria.
It protects you from the most common mouth disorders. At present, there are innovative formulations based on combinations of fluoride, polyphosphates, and tin, which protect teeth against future problems and not just cleaning them.

Toothbrush:

Teeth do not have a straight surface; therefore, you must make sure that the toothbrush fits perfectly on the surface of the teeth to effectively clean and remove the tartar even from everywhere.

Brushing properly to ensure proper oral hygiene takes two minutes if you use an electric toothbrush and 5-6 minutes if you use a manual toothbrush, but you have to make sure that the brushing technique you use is performed correctly

Dental brushing:

We should all know that in order to have healthy and beautiful teeth we must start and finish the day by brushing out teeth. Oral hygiene specialists advise us not to neglect this process and to ensure we do it every day.

It is essential for the microbial plaque and food debris remaining in the buccal cavity not to be left there overnight. This will promote the development of microbial flora and bacteria that decay the tooth.

Although in the morning you may feel a greater need to run to the bathroom and brush your teeth, evening brushing is just as important. In addition, if you do a whole mouth cleaning while brushing it works as a gum massage, which stimulates blood vessel tone and circulation of the gums.

Mouthwash:

A final step for correct and complete hygiene is the use of mouthwash. In addition to brushing, the use of mouthwash complements brushing by removing the bacteria that is found on the mucous membranes and which is not removed by brushing.

As with dental floss, mouthwash reaches those areas where brushing is more difficult. Using mouthwash after brushing strengthens the effect of the brushing which gives you more complete protection against the most common dental problems.

For even more effective cleaning you can rinse your mouth vigorously with mouthwash after each meal and remove interdental food residues with dental floss. If you do not have dental floss at your fingertips, you can also use softwood toothpicks; but use them gently to avoid damaging the gum.

And do not forget to visit the dentist!

Go to the dentist for your annual checkup and cleanings! For more information on keeping your teeth clean and preventing tooth decay, click here.