Caries, gingivitis, dental abscesses, mouth ulcers. Oral diseases are often very painful and embarrassing and can be exacerbated if you have a certain medical issue. Heart disease or diabetes can affect the teeth. It is therefore important to adopt good daily actions to take care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is the key to avoiding many complications like gingivitis, dental abscesses or canker sores. The most frequent and best known are cavities. When a person ingests a food containing sugars, the bacteria present in the mouth will absorb them and synthesize acids. These demineralize and create micro-holes on tooth enamel. A cavity may then form. However, saliva has a buffering effect and neutralizes these acids. It also brings minerals that help to remineralize tooth enamel. There are several good habits that can help you take care of your teeth. First it begins with good general family dentistry and frequent dentist visits.
Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride
First point: brushing your teeth. It is recommended to brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, for two minutes with toothpaste containing fluoride. During brushing, plaque is removed which takes about 12 hours to form. This is equivalent to the time interval between brushing morning and night. If we do not remove dental plaque, it calcifies and becomes tartar. Tartar is only removed by descaling carried out by a dentist. It is best to brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush, because it promotes roller movements from the gum to the tooth. The bristles of this brush intertwine and enter the interdental spaces to clean them. In addition to the two minutes of brushing, it is recommended to clean these interdental spaces with dental floss.
Go to the dentist at least once a year
Check-up visits to the dentist should take place at least once a year. However, a consultation every six months is recommended for people with chronic pathologies such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory pathologies. Regarding children, the first visit to a dentist is made around the age of one or even two years. This way, any initial issues can be flagged as early as possible.
Oral hygiene: the dos and don’ts
On the Internet, various tips are turning to whiten teeth. The lemon technique comes back regularly, but it is to be avoided. This food is acidic, so it will demineralize the enamel and give a chalky appearance to the teeth. In addition, if you scrub with a hard toothbrush accompanied by baking soda powder, part of the enamel layer is removed. Once the enamel is destroyed, it does not grow back. Take care of your enamel always and choose wisely when you reach for juice and coffee.
The dentist does not recommend “home-made” toothpastes, because they are often clay-based and the grain size is too large. There is therefore an abrasive effect on the enamel more than polishing. You should research the best toothpastes for the issues you may have (such as gum disease).