Beautiful teeth, we all dream! How to take care of it? What gestures to adopt for brushing? What kind of toothbrush to favor? So many questions to which doctor Lequart, dentist, agreed to answer …
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR TEETH?
The UFSBD recommends brushing your teeth 2 times a day, morning and evening, for 2 minutes, without forgetting to clean the interdental spaces in the evening.
The technique: perform vertical movements on the outer and inner side of the teeth.
Teeth, like a roller, sweeping from pink to white (from the gum to the tip of the teeth), without pressing too hard.
The idea is to follow a brushing course, so as not to forget any tooth.
The purpose of brushing is to remove plaque that accumulates on the teeth throughout the day. When it is not removed, it becomes tartar and causes cavities and gum problems.
WHAT IS A GOOD TOOTHBRUSH?
A good toothbrush is, first and foremost, a brush adapted to the age of the user, the head must be the right size, not too big, to fit easily into every corner.
Not use the enamel of the teeth or attack the gums, opt for a brush with soft bristles.
These have in addition the capacity to sneak and cross more easily between the teeth.
To remove residues that the toothbrush could not dislodge, it is important to perform interdental cleansing daily.
For this, 3 possibilities: the dental floss (or the lyre for the children), the brush (like a brush), or the irrigator.
The UFSBD recommends changing brush every 3 months … At the beginning of each season for example. See the replacement brushes
SHOULD I BUY A MANUAL OR ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH?
“If the brushing gestures are well controlled, a manual toothbrush fits well, otherwise the electric toothbrush is preferable.
Thanks to a higher brushing frequency and amplitude, it allows to remove 2.5 to 5 times more plaque than with manual brushing, and better erase external coloring due to the consumption of certain foods.
The electric toothbrushes also offer some practical functions to optimize the quality of the brushing: an integrated timer which allows respecting the 2 minutes of brushing, a beep which indicates when to change quadrant to carry out a complete cycle, a sensor that warns when the pressure on the teeth is too strong …
If the vibrations emitted can be disconcerting at first, the feeling of clean teeth is immediately felt. “
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU CAN NOT BRUSH YOUR TEETH?
There is no substitute for brushing your teeth, but there are a few tips to keep your dentition to a minimum when you have no other choice, such as the habit of finishing your meal with a large glass of water.
Allows you to rinse your mouth, and get rid of food debris that causes acid attacks You can also chew a sugar-free chewing gum for about 20 minutes.
The chewing has a double advantage: eliminate a part of dental plaque normally removed by brushing, and increase saliva production.
Loaded with minerals, it naturally remineralizes tooth enamel and has the power to neutralize acids.
WHAT FOODS TO PROSCRIBE TO PRESERVE YOUR TEETH?
Oral hygiene is closely linked to food hygiene! To stick to it, the recommendations of the National Program nutrition are a precious help, especially avoid repeated consumption of sugar, known to form a fertile ground for The same applies to sodas – even light ones – which are naturally acidic! Also, beware of hidden sugars in many foods.
Also note that at each food intake, the residues form acids that eat away at tooth enamel.
Stopping nibbling and limiting yourself to 3 or 4 meals a day is therefore essential to not multiple attacks, and allow saliva to remineralize teeth between two snacks. “
WHAT IS THE SECRET TO HAVING WHITE TEETH?
First of all, we must distinguish the natural color of the tooth, the external color caused by tea, coffee, tobacco, etc. It is on the latter that we can act.
- To avoid staining, a simple trick is to rinse your mouth with clear water after food intake. As with a tea mug: by passing it immediately to the tap, the tannins eliminate better and do not adhere.
- To find whiter teeth, you can bet on the polishing effect of whitening toothpaste (to choose with fluoride). “
HOW TO AVOID BAD BREATH?
“80% to 90% of breath problems have their source inside the mouth, because of the bacteria, it contains, especially on the tongue, or at carious caries or infection gingival.
First, you brush your tongue every morning, using a scraper. This eliminates the tongue coating and often solves the problem. If not, please consult your dentist! “ Portrait
Dental surgeon, Dr. Christophe Lequart is also the spokesman of the French Union for Oral Health ( UFSBD ).
His prevention advice: schedule 1 check-up at the dentist’s office once a year to detect and deal with any problem as soon as possible.