A bright smile is not only an aesthetic attribute but also an indicator of oral health. Proper oral hygiene is essential to prevent dental disease and maintain fresh breath. This article provides a complete guide to oral hygiene, along with tips and tricks to keep your smile healthy and attractive.

Step 1:Flossing

Flossing scaled

Interdental cleaning is just as important as brushing. Floss daily to remove food debris and plaque from your gums and between your teeth.

Suggestions:
– Gently brush to avoid gum damage.
– Experiment with different types of floss to find the best one for you.
– Choose a quality flosser for added benefits.

Oral Irrigator

Step 2:Using the Oral Irrigator

An oral irrigator is an effective tool for removing food debris and plaque. Use the oral irrigator after flossing for more effective cleaning.

Suggestions:

– Adjust the pressure of the oral irrigator according to the sensitivity of the gums.
– Point the tip of the irrigator towards the gum line and between the teeth for a thorough cleaning at a 45 degree angle.

Can we just use the thread or the sprinkler?

Using both products in this order will result in complete removal of food debris because floss can remove and enter the subgingival much more easily than water jet which at inappropriate pressure can easily cause tooth bleeding.

In people who have dental veneers this cleaning protocol becomes mandatory because interdental sensitivity is diminished due to the prosthetic parts which translates into not being able to tell if you have anything left between your teeth unless you put a lot of pressure or identify it using your tongue.

Step 3:Correct Brushing

Brushing teeth

Regular brushing is the foundation of healthy oral hygiene. Use a soft or medium-bristle toothbrush to avoid gum damage and protect tooth enamel or the gingiva. Make sure you brush for at least 2 minutes (we recommend 3) and that you cover all surfaces of your teeth, including the back of your teeth.

Suggestions:

– Use a toothpaste suitable for your teeth.
– Try an electric toothbrush for more effective cleaning.
– Don’t press too hard to avoid enamel damage and gum irritation.
– Don’t forget to clean your tongue.

  • Change the brush head or toothbrush no more than every two months or immediately after each dental procedure.
  • Use the protective cap to cover the brush head after each use, especially if it is exposed in the bathroom, ideally store it in a bathroom cabinet.
Mouthwash

Step 4:Use of Mouthwash

Rinsing with mouthwash helps reduce bacteria and keep your breath fresh. Choose a mouthwash that has antibacterial properties.

Suggestions:

– Avoid mouthwash containing alcohol, as it can cause dry mouth.
– You won’t always use mouthwash after brushing.
– Use mouthwash at lunch and before bedtime.

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Step 5:Visits to the Dentist

Dentist Visit

Schedule regular visits to your dentist for preventive check-ups and professional cleanings. Your dentist can identify problems at an early stage and give you personalised advice for optimal oral hygiene.

Suggestions:

– For people with natural teeth, go to the dentist every 6 months.
– For people with dental veneers, go to the dentist every 4 months.

Proper prophylaxis is the foundation of maintaining a healthy smile.
For people with dental veneers, prophylaxis does not always mean scaling, airflow and brushing.
If you have proper hygiene, a simple Airflow will suffice.

Brushing your teeth immediately after eating should be avoided for 15 – 30 minutes!

We’ve all heard that it’s best to brush our teeth after a meal. But in some cases, did you know that it’s best to wait?

We definitely recommend that you stop brushing after consuming anything acidic, whether it’s fruit, juice or acidic foods.

The reason for this recommendation comes from the fact that when acids are in the mouth, they weaken tooth enamel, which is the outer layer of the tooth. Brushing immediately after eating something acidic can damage the enamel layer of the tooth.

Waiting about 15 to 30 minutes before brushing allows tooth enamel to remineralize and restore.

In the meantime, you can do something to help your teeth: After eating or drinking something acidic, we always recommend rinsing with water, which starts the remineralisation process of the enamel.

Brushing teeth in the morning: before or after eating or drinking coffee?

Bacteria multiply in the oral cavity at night so oral hygiene in the morning is important.
There are basically two types of customers: those who brush their teeth as soon as they wake up and those who brush as soon as they have done their tabs.

Both situations are perfectly acceptable depending on how you are taught, but if you brush your teeth immediately after waking up, eat certain foods (the taste can be influenced), you should definitely brush afterwards following the above guidelines.

When we brush our teeth, before the shower or after?

Acne is mainly caused by factors such as excess oil, dead skin cells and bacteria. While brushing our teeth, bacteria quite often transfer from the mouth to the skin, causing rashes. That’s why it’s advisable to brush before showering.

This way, any residual bacteria or toothpaste that may have smeared onto the chin or surrounding areas can be washed away during the shower, reducing the risk of skin irritation and acne.

When using fluoride toothpaste, what do we need to know?

Do not rinse your mouth immediately after brushing, as it will wash the concentrated fluoride from the toothpaste left on your teeth.

After brushing, we spit out any excess toothpaste, rinsing dilutes it and significantly reduces its preventive effects. (consult the manufacturer’s instructions from whom you are buying)

Should I use mouthwash after brushing with a toothpaste containing fluoride?

Using a mouthwash can help prevent tooth decay, but don’t use mouthwash immediately after brushing your teeth, as it will wash the concentrated fluoride from the remaining paste off your teeth.

Choose another time to use mouthwash, such as after lunch or in the evening before bed.
Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes after using a fluoride paste or mouthwash.

A healthy smile requires effort and constant attention. Follow these steps and tips and tricks to keep your oral hygiene in tip-top condition and to shine with a healthy, attractive smile.

Remember that good oral hygiene not only prevents dental problems but also contributes to overall health.