In order to get the most out of them, it is very important that oral hygiene is maintained in the proper way. This is why we want to share with you some useful tips for proper oral hygiene, so that every future visit to the dentist would be just a nice regular check-up.
Proper oral hygiene is, besides being very important for good-looking teeth, also a basis for any dental therapy, including prosthetics (crowns and veneers) and implants or conservation procedures (cavity, tooth treatment).
Oral hygiene of natural or artificial teeth must be identically thorough and frequent, except when it comes to dental bridges and orthodontic appliances, where additional products are used for better cleaning.
The basic care consists of brushing your teeth using a toothbrush and toothpaste after every meal – at least 3 times a day. There is a large selection of toothbrushes on the market today, and when selecting yours, it is best to consult your dentist.
Soft, medium and hard toothbrushes with a standard head are intended for healthy gums and the selection depends primarily upon the sensitivity of your gums. Surgical toothbrushes are used immediately after a surgical procedure because of their extremely soft fibres, while the ultrasoft toothbrush is used after a surgical toothbrush because the gingiva is still sensitive. There is also an orthodontic toothbrush with specially designed fibres for patients with fixed appliances.
Toothpastes have specific purposes in order to improve oral hygiene depending on the patient’s needs. They reduce the accumulation of plaque, protect and restore gingiva, make the enamel stronger and reduce sensitivity.
The toothbrush alone cannot clean the area between two teeth, so it is necessary to use additional products, such as interdental toothbrushes, dental floss or oral irrigators, to prevent cavities, gingival inflammation and periodontal diseases.
Interdental toothbrushes are available in several sizes, and which one you choose depends on the size of interdental areas.
The best, but also the most expensive choice for cleaning interdental areas, is the oral irrigator. This device uses water flows to clean remaining food particles, bacteria and plaque between the teeth. Oral irrigators are manually operated and are considered a simpler and faster cleaning method in comparison to the dental floss and interdental toothbrushes.
For better oral hygiene, you may also use mouthwash that has an additional antiseptic and antibacterial effect, and reduces the accumulation of plaque and inflammation of gums.
Proper and regular oral hygiene along with regular check-ups and visits to the dentist will help you maintain the health and beauty of your smile.
In our dental practice, it is possible to receive training for proper brushing with a detailed demonstration of the technique and additional advice regarding the choice of accessories.
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