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Taking care of your teeth

Dentists say that the most important part of denture care takes place in the home. Brushing your teeth and flossing, along with going to the dentist on a regular basis, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

If you are like most people, you should not want to think about going to the dentist and especially see the drill used to heal your teeth, so it is not better to prevent cavities before they appear?

Removing dental plaque

To prevent cavities, you need to remove plaque, the clear layer of bacteria that lines the teeth. The best way to do this is by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Brushing your teeth also stimulates the gums, which helps keep them healthy by preventing diseases. Brushing your teeth and flossing are the most important steps you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Toothpastes or toothpaste contain abrasives, detergents and foaming agents. Fluoride, the most common active ingredient in toothpastes, is the element that prevents tooth decay. Therefore, make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride.

Approximately one in ten people has a tendency to accumulate tartar quickly. The tartar is a hardened plate more harmful and more difficult to eliminate. Use toothpaste and mouthwash to combat tartar as well as spend a few extra minutes to brush your teeth near the salivary glands (the inner part of the front teeth of the lower jaw and the outside of the teeth located at the bottom of the jaw Superior), may delay the development of tartar.

If your teeth are sensitive to heat, cold and pressure, you may want to buy a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. But you may need to talk to your dentist about your dental sensitivity because it may indicate a more serious problem – a cavity or an inflamed (irritated) nerve.

Tips for flossing

Dentists say that time at least you should stay brushing your teeth is two minutes twice a day. Here are some instructions on how to properly brush your teeth:

Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle on your gum. Gently brush from where the gum and the tooth are attached to the surface of the tooth that is used to chew with short strokes (about half a tooth). Brushing your teeth too hard can cause the gums to suffer by giving up space, sensitivity on the teeth and over time, loosening of the teeth.

Use the same method to brush the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth.

To clean the surfaces of your teeth that are used to chew, do it by short strokes, making sure you brush between the grooves, spaces or separations between each tooth.

To clean the internal surfaces of the upper and lower part of the front teeth and gums, hold the toothbrush vertically. Applying forward and backward movements, use the front of the toothbrush to brush the teeth and gums.

Using a forward motion, lightly brush your tongue and the top of the inside of your mouth to remove the bacteria that are lodged in those places.

While you brush your teeth, use a timer (or a kitchen clock that indicates how long the eggs are cooked) or listen to a favorite song so that you get used to brushing your teeth for 2 or 3 minutes in a row. Some electric toothbrushes have timers that tell you when two minutes have passed.

Facts about flossing

Brushing your teeth is important, but it does not remove the food particles that can be lodged between your teeth, under your gums or under the braces. You need to brush these spaces at least once a day.

The type of dental floss you choose will depend on the size of the space between your teeth. Dentists usually recommend wax-free floss because it is thinner and therefore easier to slide between the teeth. However, studies have shown that there is no great difference in the effectiveness of flossing based on the type chosen.

With any floss, you should be careful to avoid damaging your gums. You must follow the following instructions:

  • Carefully insert the dental floss between two teeth, using forward and backward movement. Gently place the floss at the base of the gums, but do not try to force it by flossing it under the gums. The floss should surround the edge of the tooth, like the letter C, and this way you should slide it from the top to the bottom of each tooth.
  • Repeat this process between all the teeth and remember to use the floss on the back of the teeth (those that are located at the end of the mouth).

Teeth whitening products

Some toothpastes claim to be able to whiten teeth. There is nothing wrong with using tooth whiteners as long as they contain fluoride and ingredients that fight against plaque and tartar. But these toothpastes in themselves do not contain high amounts of bleaching agents and you probably cannot see apparent changes in the color of your teeth.

It’s easy to get carried away with ads with teeth whitening messages. But those ads are usually focused on older people. The truth is that most teens do not need tooth whitening because when they are so young they do not yet have their teeth yellow, as with older people. If you think your teeth are not white enough, check with your dentist before trying a non-prescription whitening product. Your dentist may be able to offer you a professional treatment based on your specific needs that is likely to have more effect than a nonprescription product.

Be careful when you buy tooth whitener products that are sold to the public without a prescription. Some bleaching agents can damage your gums and your mouth. Always follow the instructions of the whitening products that you use.

The connection with nutrition

Consuming sugar, as you probably know, is one of the main causes of dental cavities. But it’s not about how much sugar you consume – when and how you consume it can have the same importance to keep your teeth healthy.

When you eat sugary foods or drink refreshments frequently during the day, the enamel that protects your teeth is constantly exposed to acidic elements. Hard candies, those taken to relieve cough or sore throats, or mints containing sugar are especially dangerous because they dissolve slowly in your mouth. Many experts point out that when you eat foods that contain sugar, you do it at three-hour intervals.

When you eat foods with sugar or starch as part of a complete meal, these are less dangerous to your teeth than when consumed alone, probably because the production of saliva, which removes sugar and bacteria, increases when you eat a meal Complete. Eating sugary foods before going to sleep is what can do you the most damage (especially if you do not brush your teeth immediately afterwards) because one does not produce the same amount of saliva when one sleeps.

For most people, it is difficult to eliminate sweets completely, so try to follow the following recommendations that are a little more realistic:

  • Eat carbohydrates (sugars and starches) as part of a meal.
  • If you cannot brush your teeth after eating, rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash, or chew sugarless gum.
  • Do not eat sugary foods between meals.
  • If you snack or eat between meals, try to choose foods that do not contain sugar such as cheese, popcorn, raw vegetables or yogurt.

Visiting the dentist

The main reason to go to the dentist regularly – every six months? Is prevention. The goal is to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other disorders that put your dental and oral health at risk.

Your first consultation with a dentist will likely consist of three parts you’re medical and dental history (where the dentist or dental hygienist, the dental hygienist, will ask you questions about taking care of your teeth and will review your dental care record), a dental checkup and a professional cleaning.

The dentist will examine your teeth, gums and other important parts of your mouth. He or she may examine the joints of your jaws. To do this, they will use a mirror and a metal instrument that is used to make it easier to check the crown (the visible part) of each tooth. This is done to check the tartar and evidence of looseness in the dentures or cavities. The dentist may also check your bite and the way your denture fits together (also called occlusion).

Your dentist will examine the general condition of your gums, which should be firm and pink, rather than fragile, swollen or inflamed. He or she (or an assistant) will use instruments to check the depth of your sulcus, the small depression where each tooth joins the gum.

After examining the visible parts of your teeth and your mouth, your dentist will take x-ray pictures that may reveal dental cavities, abscesses (collections of pus surrounded by inflamed tissues), or wisdom teeth.

Professional cleaning is usually done by a dental hygienist, a specifically trained and licensed dental professional. Cleaning consists of removing hardened deposits using a scalar (an instrument to help scraping deposits) or an ultrasonic machine that uses high frequency to remove scale deposits. The particles are then rinsed with water.

After cleaning, the dental hygienist will polish your dentures. This process cleans and softens the surfaces of your teeth, removing stains and making tartar stick to your teeth. Finally, the hygienist may apply a fluoride compound or a sealant to your teeth to help prevent tooth decay.

At the end of your visit, the dentist will let you know if you need to come back to treat a cavities. Your dentist may also refer you to an orthodontist if he or she thinks you need braces or if you have other needs.

Other dental problems

Tooth decay can attack teeth at any age. In fact, 84% of 17-year-olds suffer from this condition. When not treated in time, cavities can cause pain and can cause tooth loss. Losing your teeth can affect how you look and how you feel about yourself, as well as your ability to chew and talk. Treating cavities can also be costly, so prevention and early and preventive treatments are important.

It may surprise you to know that 60% of 15 year olds suffer from gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis, which includes the gums excluding the ligaments and bone just below the gums, is usually a result of the accumulation of dental plaque. As with cavities, treatment for gingivitis can be costly. If you remove plaque regularly and follow good oral hygiene habits, your gums will return to a healthy state. However, serious gum disease can cause inflammation of the gums, redness and bleeding, and sometimes pain. The treatment that dentists use for gum disease depends on the magnitude of the disease.