The 10 golden rules of good dental hygiene

The removal of plaque prevents caries and periodontal problems. Simple rules help to ensure good oral hygiene.

  1. Ideally two brushings a day morning and evening are recommended. In practice, two minute daily brushing makes it possible to obtain a satisfactory hygiene, if the gum is in good health. In case of gum disease, the three daily brushings can be advised. Do not eat or drink anything (except water) after evening brushing.
  2. The brush used must be soft bristles, with a small head to access every nook and cranny. Hair that is too hard can wear out your enamel significantly in the long term and cannot remove plaque properly. Better gentle brushing than aggressive brushing that could damage your enamel and gums.
  3. The manual brush provides excellent results when used properly. Some electric brushes can achieve the same results with a little more ease.
  4. Always brush your teeth with a movement of the gum towards the tooth. At the beginning of the movement, the bristles of the brush must be placed on the gum. Be careful to brush all the faces of the teeth.
  5. Interdental brushes and dental floss are an integral part of brushing. Indeed, the toothbrush does not clean between the teeth. A large part of the dental problems (caries, d√©chaussements …) start between the teeth since the bacteria stagnate there. If the gum is in good health, brushing should be done once a day, ideally in the evening. In case of gum disease, it may be necessary to do it 2 to 3 times a day. If the interdental spaces are too narrow, the brushes should be replaced with dental floss.
  6. Also think about brushing your tongue. There are special instruments called tongue brushes that look like scrapers. Indeed the outer face of the tongue is covered with bacteria that can contribute, in particular, bad breath.
  7. The irrigators can be used in addition to the brush. They can be useful for removing food debris and gum massage. However, their action is insufficient to remove the bacteria from the dental plaque, and they do not replace in any way the toothbrush or the interdental brushes.
  8. The toothpaste must be fluorinated to protect you from cavities. At each age corresponds a dosage of fluorine? In some cases, a specific toothpaste may be advisable.
  9. Antiseptic mouthwashes should not be used daily except for treatments prescribed by the dentist.
  10. Some sweet and acidic foods (such as soda or lemon) strongly damage the teeth. Consume them in moderation.