ORAL CARE AND EFFECTIVE ORAL CARE TIPS
We all know from a young age how important it is to brush our teeth because if we don’t, they will hurt or eventually fall out. How many of us brush our teeth quickly and then brush and brush as much as possible before going to the dentist? Well, brushing intensively once won’t help. To keep teeth healthy and shiny in the long term, we need to spend more time on oral hygiene, because good and regular oral hygiene or oral care prevents tooth decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease.
ORAL CARE AND CHOICE OF TOOTHBRUSH AND TOOTHPASTE
For oral care to be effective, we need to use the right tools. There are many different types of toothbrushes available on the market. The most well-known and used are the conventional – manual – toothbrushes, but there are also electric, ultrasonic, and ionic toothbrushes. It is advisable to choose a toothbrush with soft, thin, and rounded bristles so that they do not damage the gums while brushing, and at the same time allow thorough cleaning of even the hardest to reach areas.
Although less affordable than a regular toothbrush, an electric toothbrush is proven to be more effective at removing plaque. Scientific studies show that after 3 months, electric toothbrushes remove 21% more plaque and reduce gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) by 11% more compared to conventional toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes work on the principle of mechanical movement of the brush head or bristles, which can be circular or vibratory, to aid the cleaning process.
The fluoride content is important when choosing a toothpaste, as it has been proven to effectively inhibit the formation of cavities. It is a good idea to avoid abrasives and bleaching agents, which are found in aggressive whitening toothpaste and can damage enamel. If you do decide to use such toothpaste, it should be used only occasionally. The use of toothpaste containing aspartame and triclosan, which have been proven to be harmful to health, is also discouraged.
BRUSHING TECHNIQUE AND TIME
When brushing, timing and technique are very important. It is recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day, for about 3 minutes or at least 2 minutes. It is essential to brush before going to bed, as saliva, which helps to remove the bacteria that cause cavities, is not produced in sufficient quantities during sleep.
Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum and then make small circular movements from the gum towards the tooth, i.e. away from the gum. Brushing your teeth properly also means not forgetting the inner surfaces of your teeth and your tongue. Brushing removes bacteria from the tongue and reduces the chance of bad breath and tooth decay.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE FLOSS?
In addition to using a toothbrush, daily flossing is also recommended, as the brush does not reach all areas of the tooth and plaque can build up between the teeth. Regular flossing removes plaque, which helps to prevent cavities or gingivitis.
ORAL CARE AND OTHER AIDS, PREPARATIONS?
The above are just the most common and well-known techniques for keeping teeth and gums clean and healthy. But below are some more suitable and perhaps less well-known tools for effective oral care.
Interdental brushes are an excellent complementary tool for maintaining good oral hygiene, as they effectively clean the teeth and gums in the interdental space. Using an interdental brush once a day helps to avoid gingivitis, bad breath, and cavities in the interdental space. It is important to use the correct interdental brush – the wire core must move smoothly through the interdental space and the bristles must fill the space.
A dental shower cleans away food debris and plaque in the spaces between the teeth. A strong stream of water is used to remove plaque and, as well as cleaning, it also massages the gums, making them stronger and healthier. It is recommended especially for dentures – dental bridges and orthodontic appliances where the use of brushing and flossing is limited.
Using an oral solution is another effective technique for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, especially with fixed dental appliances, partial dentures or fixed prostheses, and dental implants, as the solution reaches spaces that brushing cannot clean.
We recommend OROXID oral solution based on active oxygen, which is designed to prevent and relieve diseases of the oral tissues and to regenerate and disinfect the oral cavity, with a choice of OROXID® forte oral solution and OROXID® sensitiv oral solution.
For preventive purposes and to maintain good oral hygiene, 1 to 2 times a day, and 2 to 3 times a day for inflammatory conditions.
WHY CHOOSE OROXIDE?
It is a medical product WITHOUT alcohol and chlorhexidine. It is safe for short and long-term use and proven effective! In addition, it is easy and convenient to use.