A fresh mouth looks nice
With a healthy mouth you can eat and drink without any problems. And a fresh mouth naturally looks nice. With good oral care you can keep it that way. Do you actually know what to do to keep your mouth healthy?
Get rid of that plaque
To keep your mouth healthy, you must remove plaque. This white-yellow layer is difficult to see and is created on and between your teeth and the transition to the gums. Dental plaque consists of bacteria and products from bacteria. They are in your mouth. Virtually all of our food and drinks contain sugars and starch. Sugars are added to many foods (such as soft drinks), but there are also naturally sugars in products (such as fruit). The bacteria in your mouth convert sugars and starch into acids. These acids cause cavities in your teeth.
Avoid inflamed gums
Dental plaque also causes inflamed gums. If you do not remove the plaque properly, the bacteria in the plaque will cause your gums to become inflamed. Non-removed plaque can become hard and turn into tartar. New dental plaque easily adheres to tartar. This causes the gums to become more and more inflamed. The inflammation can spread and affect the underlying jaw bone. Ultimately, so much jaw bone can disappear that your teeth and molars stand loose.
Do the dental plaque test
Did you brush well? Has all the plaque disappeared? Check your brushing performance with a plaque reminder. It is a useful tool to make plaque visible. After brushing your teeth, chew the tablet and spread the dye with your tongue over your teeth. Then rinse off the excess color with a small sip of water. Do you see any red spots on your teeth? That is plaque. So better brushing!
Useful tips for oral care
Brushing your teeth twice a day
Brushing your teeth forms the basis for good oral hygiene. It is a precise job and certainly not easy. Therefore, brush your teeth twice a day carefully and not too forcefully. A good cleaning takes two minutes. So take your time!
Also between your teeth
With a toothbrush alone you cannot always properly clean the spaces between your teeth. It does not matter whether you use a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. You won't get along well with any toothbrush. Your dentist or dental hygienist can advise you to clean the areas between your teeth and molars once a day with brushes, floss or toothpicks. Ask your practitioner which device suits you best and how you should use it.
Choose a good toothbrush
Choose a soft brush with a small brush head. Replace the toothbrush every three months or sooner if the tufts start to separate. You can also brush your teeth effectively with an electric toothbrush. This makes the right brushing movement. This way you can concentrate better on placing the brush head in your mouth. The following also applies here: a new brush head removes more plaque than a brush that needs replacing.
Use fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride makes tooth enamel stronger and less soluble in acid. Use fluoride toothpaste twice a day with 1,000 – 1,500 ppm *) fluoride (see packaging).
Eat or drink up to seven times a day
In addition to sugars, soft drinks, fruits (juice), yoghurt drinks and wine also contain acids. You hardly taste the acid. The sugar dominates the sour taste. Acids affect your tooth enamel. This makes your teeth wear. This form of wear is called dental erosion. Dental erosion is a creeping process that is not easy to repair. It is not just about how many acidic products you eat or drink. The more often you do this and the longer you keep acidic products in your mouth, the greater the chance of dental erosion. The way you eat or drink also influences. Therefore choose three main meals per day and take something up to four times a day. Your teeth will thus have sufficient opportunity to recover.
Take up to two times acidic fruit per day and drink soft drinks and other acidic drinks in moderation. Water, coffee and regular tea without sugar are not harmful to your teeth.
Do not use acidic products one hour before brushing your teeth
The acid affects the tooth enamel. The brush and toothpaste have an abrasive effect. If you brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking acid, you can easily brush away the tooth enamel. Then your teeth will wear out even faster.
Sugar-free chewing gum protects your teeth
Did you know that saliva protects your teeth against dental erosion? This is because saliva neutralizes the acids from food and drinks. If you chew gum, you activate the production of saliva. Choose a sugar-free chewing gum. Xylitol is a natural sweetener. Xylifresh chewing gum with 100% xylitol helps prevent plaque and is recommended by Dentistry Book.
Visit your dentist
Go to the dentist or dental hygienist twice a year. Then your teeth will be properly checked and you will receive guidance to keep your mouth healthy.