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Dental care

Daily dental care should be an integral part of our morning and evening hygiene ritual.
Not only brushing your teeth, but also the daily use of dental floss should not be missing here. Those who care for the inside of their mouth can also use it to prevent inflammation or injury to the oral mucosa and the mouth and throat area. Let's go over the most important points together Dental care together: To avoid tooth decay and periodontitis, regular tooth brushing is very important. Thorough brushing twice a day is sufficient, because too frequent “scrubbing” can quickly damage the tooth enamel. Dental floss or interdental brushes should always be used before brushing. There are different versions for this. For some years now, so-called dental floss sticks have been offered for dental floss, which make the application much easier.

The right cleaning method

Technology does it! 60% of the tooth surfaces can be reached with a manual or electric toothbrush. If you scrub wildly and without a system, however, this can lead to teeth being skipped during cleaning, especially if you change your grip too early. This often affects the canine teeth or the back molars. It is best to start on the outside of one side of the upper dental arch and work your way to the end, then brush along the inside back to the starting point. Then perform the same routine on the lower arch. As children we often learned to brush with circular movements, but this is not the best method: one should brush from “red” (gums) to “white” (tooth), with sweeping movements from top to bottom. Place the brush at the top and then "sweep" it back down. More pressure doesn't mean better, more thorough cleaning. It has rather negative effects such as injuries to the gums or even to the enamel. Test: You can easily try it on a ripe tomato ... if the bristles penetrate the pulp, then it is certainly too firm for your own gums.

Dental floss & Co.

The remaining 40% must be cleaned of dental floss, dental floss sticks or interdental toothbrushes (space brushes). The hard-to-reach spaces between the teeth must be carefully cleaned so that food residues can be removed as thoroughly and there is no risk of bad breath and tooth decay. The plaque layer between the teeth and below the gumline is easier to remove with dental floss. However, it does take some practice to use. With each use you should tear off about 40cm of new dental floss, so a new, clean strand is used for each interdental space. Now you wrap the floss around both index or middle fingers. A 3-5cm long piece should now be held tightly between your thumb and forefinger. The dental floss is now inserted into the space between the teeth by means of “sawing movements”. The tooth should now be enclosed in a C-shape by the dental floss and moved along from the gum line to the end of the tooth. It is very important to use a fresh, fresh piece of floss for each new space between your teeth. For beginners, floss sticks are better suited. You should hold the stick firmly in your hand and then slowly guide the head of the stick between your teeth. The gap is then cleaned with "forwards-backwards" movements. One stick is usually sufficient for the entire cleaning process and is then disposed of. WHICH TOOTHPASTE IS RIGHT? The consumption of toothpaste per capita is an average of 5 tubes / cans per year. There are now many different products for cleaning teeth on the market: Toothpaste / toothpaste, tooth powder, dental chalk etc ... they should help to remove plaque and, thanks to the cleaning agent, reduce coffee, tea and tobacco discoloration or, best of all, make it disappear completely. In addition, the breath should be refreshed and the gums cared for. The cleaning agents, i.e. the abrasive particles, should be chosen carefully, because with sensitive teeth you have to be careful here and better choose a product with a few of these abrasive cleaning agents. With normal pasta or cream, the RDA value (emery effect) is between 30 and 50, so with very sensitive teeth it should ideally be lower so that the enamel and gums are spared. "Whitening tooth products" are often advertised in advertisements, but they can attack tooth enamel very severely and cause more damage than benefits. If one suffers from exposed tooth necks, one should avoid these products. The “black” dental products that use natural activated charcoal to clean and brighten teeth are now quite new on the market. With these tooth powders, the emery effect is rather low and the activated carbon is supposed to gently remove discolouration and at the same time refresh the oral flora. Sometimes menthol or mint are also added to these powders for an extra kick of freshness. The activated charcoal often comes originally from coconut shells or bamboo plants and has an absorbent effect on stains and yellowing.

Bad breath

Thorough, hygienic daily teeth cleaning creates the best basis for a fresh, clean mouthfeel. If you still suffer from bad breath, you should definitely be able to rule out that this could come from a stomach or intestinal disorder. You should definitely consult a doctor here if you notice a foul smell over a long period of time (even with regular cleaning of your teeth). With additives such as menthol, mint, sage or myrrh in the toothpastes and tooth powders, an additional, long-lasting freshness effect in the oral cavity is made possible.

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Your questions about dental care, our answers.

We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about dental care and our answers to them.

Yes, too hard and frequent “scrubbing” can irritate and damage tooth enamel and gums. Better to do it twice a day (morning and evening), but brush thoroughly and use a soft toothbrush and mild toothpaste or tooth powder for sensitive teeth.

Yes, dental floss or dental floss sticks should be used each time before you brush your teeth (i.e. twice a day, as pure brushing only cleans 60% of the tooth surface. Unfortunately, bacteria and food residues tend to settle in the hard-to-reach spaces between the teeth and are best removed by flossing.

If you can rule out a disease of the gastrointestinal tract and it is “only” normal bad breath, then you can choose a toothpaste or tooth powder that contains essential oils such as mint or menthol. This brings an additional kick of freshness.

Here you put a small amount on the moistened toothbrush. For reasons of hygiene, you should use a small spoon and not press the brush head into the powder in the can. Then you can clean as usual. Please note: the tooth powder does not foam!

Daily brushing is actually sufficient for good oral hygiene. Anyone who would like to supplement their routine with a mouthwash can do so. However, mouthwashes are not a panacea and are not a substitute for thorough brushing. But they certainly provide a freshness effect for the mouth and throat. However, you should be careful not to accidentally swallow it. After gargling, it should always be rinsed out completely.