They say that a smile is a ticket to the world. Unfortunately, in the daily hustle and bustle, we often forget how important it is to regularly maintain the health of our teeth. Often, few people pay attention to the teeth until they begin to remind of themselves. But we don’t think about the fact that healthy teeth are not just the health of a separate part of the body, but of the whole organism, because the process of digestion of food and digestion as a whole depends on them. Due to improper oral hygiene, a lot of bacteria and viruses enter our body, which all this time have been in our mouth and on our tongue. All our organs are interconnected, and not keeping track of one disease, you can start the development process of another.

The main mistakes in brushing and hygiene of teeth

As you know, dental treatment is very costly, not only financially, but also emotionally. One way to prevent oral diseases is to brush your teeth thoroughly and regularly. It would seem that this is so, but the statistics say: every third person on the planet brushes his teeth only once a day. This leads to the development of caries and other diseases of the oral cavity, which is why dentists from all over the world are starting to sound the alarm. This is only the first and most obvious cause of dental problems. We’ll take a look at the rest:

1. Improper brushing technique

Many people believe that the harder you press on the brush while brushing your teeth, the better the plaque will be removed. But it is not. You need to press on the brush in the same way as if you were brushing an orange. Too aggressive exposure leads to a gradual thinning of the enamel. In addition, each time you need to start brushing your teeth from a new area — so each area will receive the same attention. Move the brush from top to bottom, not from side to side.

2. Too fast cleaning

The average brushing time is approximately 1 minute. And you need to clean at least 2! What is the best way to clean? Conditionally divide your teeth into 4 sections and spend at least 30 seconds on each.

3. Wrong time to brush

Many experts recommend not brushing your teeth after drinking coffee, citrus fruits, or wine. The acid contained in berries and fruits softens the enamel, so cleaning for half an hour will only hurt.

4. Features of choosing the use of rinses

Doctors warn that the regular use of alcohol-based rinses is dangerous for health and can even provoke the onset of cancer.

In addition, thorough rinsing of the oral cavity immediately after brushing leads to washing off of fluoride and significantly reduces the effectiveness of toothpaste. Get in the habit of using a special non-alcoholic mouthwash. Refrain from eating and drinking for half an hour after brushing your teeth.

5. Whitening pastes

We all want to have a whiter smile! But few people suspect that the frequent use of whitening pastes is fraught with its pitfalls. Whitening toothpastes contain high levels of abrasives, which can lead to rapid enamel thinning, soreness, and even dark spots.

6. Hard brushes

Toothbrushes with hard bristles not only injure the gum tissue and lead to wear of the enamel — over time, the necks of the teeth can be exposed, and this is fraught with serious problems. The first signal that you have a too hard toothbrush is more gum bleeding.

7. Electric brushes

Electric toothbrushes can be useless if the wrong brushing technique is used. With strong pressure, the bristles bend, and cleaning becomes ineffective. Brush your teeth in the usual way: electric brushes will not do all the work for you, but will only enhance the result due to vibration.

And now we will talk about eight rulesthe regular implementation of which will prolong the health and beauty of your smile.

1. Choose the right toothbrush for you

A well-chosen toothbrush, as well as toothpaste, is the foundation of healthy and clean teeth. There is a prejudice that the stiffer the bristles of the brush, the better. Like, brushing your teeth with bristles with the highest rigidity, we will definitely achieve absolute cleanliness of the teeth. But as it turned out, not everything is so simple. The wrong choice of bristle stiffness threatens to erode the tooth enamel. And these kinds of brushes can be too abrasive for our teeth and gums.

Therefore, opt for a medium hard brush, or choose the softest one. This will allow you not only to brush your teeth comfortably, but also to protect them from injury.

It is worth immediately dispelling the most common myth that electric toothbrushes are indeed many times more effective than conventional ones.

First of all, they help fight unpleasant plaque on the teeth — namely, a sticky substance that you can feel with your tongue if you do not brush your teeth for a long time. Dentists prefer electric toothbrushes because they have a rotating mechanism — and this is the main secret. Thanks to this, we can achieve a much greater effect than using a conventional brush. But don’t rush to throw away your old mechanical toothbrushes, as you can carry them with you to keep your mouth clean throughout the day.

2. Choose the right toothpaste for you

Dentists say with one voice that it is fluorine in toothpaste that counteracts the process of demineralization of tooth enamel (a pathological process of loss of mineral components by dental tissue, resulting in dullness, hypersensitivity, fragility of teeth, roughness, porosity of their surface, often the presence of cracks). This is very important, especially for those who are too lazy to look at the composition of toothpaste. Regular paste should contain an acceptable amount of fluorine, which should not exceed 1300 ppm.

Important functions of all pastes should be:

— make tooth enamel harder

— protect teeth from caries;

— accelerate the blood circulation of the gums, “preventing periodontal disease;

— perfectly to tone up an oral cavity.

When choosing children’s paste, be sure to consult with the dentist who serves your child. The doctor will tell him how often and properly brush his teeth. This is very important, because the foundations of personal hygiene are laid from a very young age.

3. rinse aid — an important element of daily oral hygiene, and the beauty of a smile also depends on its correct choice. Many doctors advise using mouthwash in between brushing your teeth. If you don’t feel like carrying a brush with you, you can safely buy a bottle of rinse aid. There is no urgent need to use it on a daily basis, since choosing a good brush and toothpaste is much more important.

4. Do you need dental floss and a tongue brush?

Dental floss is the most underrated item in oral hygiene. It may be hard to believe, but this is the best way to get rid of plaque in places that are hard to reach with a brush. Therefore, devoting five minutes a day to flossing your teeth is definitely worth it. Just like a special brush for cleaning the tongue. Since the rough surface accumulates food debris, unnecessary plaque and causes a possible unpleasant odor, it is also necessary to clean the tongue. You can also do this with the help of a thread, going over the tongue a couple of times and then rinsing out your mouth.

5. Let’s say «Yes!» chewing gum.

Among the most common mistakes we make is brushing our teeth after acidic foods or drinks. All the myths that chewing gum is harmful to teeth can be safely forgotten — this is not true. Chewing gum promotes the production of more saliva in the mouth, which naturally helps to neutralize the acidic environment. Of course, you should not overdo it with chewing gum, but use it only when necessary.

6. How about home treatments?

All these homemade recipes with salt, soda, activated charcoal and other equally amazing substances are most often simply useless. In the best case, you will be able to remove a light plaque, but these products cannot cope with tartar and stubborn stains from dyes (coffee, tea, nicotine). It also happens that homemade whitening ends with a disastrous result: thinning of enamel, gum irritation, recession (drooping of the gum contour) and tooth sensitivity — these are the main problems that you may encounter in the end.

7. Stop products.

Citrus and sour fruits, tomatoes have the ability to destroy tooth enamel and expose dentin, the unprotected part of the tooth, causing a yellowish tint. And coffee contains a lot of tannins, they are useful for the body, but have a powerful side effect — darkening of the enamel and the formation of stains on the teeth. Any carbonated liquid contains carbon dioxide, which can lead to the destruction of enamel. Frequent use of carbonated drinks makes teeth more sensitive and causes cavities. Tea has the ability to leave stains on the tooth enamel, the color of the stains depends on the type of tea. Green tea makes the enamel darken and causes gray spots, the worse the quality of the green tea, the darker the spots. Black tea provokes the appearance of yellow spots, the stronger the tea, the faster the spots form. Scientists have proven that drinking tea with milk is completely safe for the color and health of teeth. This is not the whole list of products that negatively affect dental health. We do not call for the complete elimination of the aforementioned foods from the diet. You should not give up these products, you need to compensate for the damage to your teeth — eat sour fruits with something else, drink plenty of water and remember to brush your teeth after eating.

8. Dentist is a friend of your smile!

Even if the mere mention of visiting a dental office terrifies you, once a year or a year and a half you need to visit it. The longer you delay with this, the more likely it is that you will need to fix several problems at once. Regular professional teeth cleaning will save not only your nerves, but also finances.


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