How to take care of your mouth at home to have healthy teeth and gums. A dentist tells us
Research shows that about 100% of people around the world suffer from oral diseases, which makes dental caries and periodontal disease one of the most common diseases in the world. In turn, they affect the condition of the whole body: increase the risk of developing diseases of the digestive system, heart and vascular diseases.
Regular preventive dental check-ups and good oral hygiene at home can help prevent diseases of the teeth and gums.
February 9 is International Dentist Day. On this day Alexey Bida, MD, professor, dentist, orthopedist, says about what should consist of daily hygiene.
6 steps to healthy teeth and gums:
Step 1: Learn proper brushing techniques. You don't have to move the brush in all directions and rub as hard as possible. Gentle "sweeping" motions in the direction from the edge of the gum down to the edge of the tooth will suffice. You should not only brush the teeth in the smile area, but pay attention to all teeth. Some people conventionally divide the jaw into four parts and devote the same amount of time to brushing each part.
With the right technique, the devices will be of secondary importance. Even without an electric toothbrush, you will be able to brush your teeth well.
Step 2: Brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least 2-3 minutes. After each meal and sweet drink, rinse your teeth with water and remove food debris from between your teeth. Clean teeth don't cause cavities!
Step 3: Don't forget to clean your gum line, because harmful bacteria can build up there. Gripping the gum line will also help strengthen the soft tissues and improve circulation.
Step 4: Be sure to brush your tongue. Plaque on the tongue can consist of food trapped between the lingual papillae and epithelial particles. If it is not cleaned, it will become a great place for bad bacteria to live and affect the health of your teeth and gums.
You should clean your tongue twice a day, right after brushing your teeth. Use a tongue scraper or a special nozzle for an irrigator.
Step 5: Use extra devices to clean between your teeth. Since your toothbrush only cleans the outside of your tooth, an irrigator, interdental brushes and dental floss can help keep the contact points and spaces between your teeth clean.
Step 6: Be sure to visit your dentist every six months for preventive checkups and professional hygiene. Even if you brush your teeth thoroughly in the morning and evening and use extra products, plaque builds up on teeth that can only be removed with special products.
That's why absolutely everyone should have a professional dental cleaning every 6 months. Some people are recommended to undergo this procedure more often - for example, if a person wears braces or has dentures. Gastrointestinal diseases, smoking, etc. can accumulate plaque even faster.
Only routine visits to the dentist's office can help detect dental and gum disease in its early stages or avoid it, thereby saving the budget for treatment.
Previously OBOZREVATEL told about the need for regular dental procedures. Alexey Bida emphasized that even with good oral hygiene, everyone should have a professional cleaning every six months.
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