Are you brushing your teeth properly?

Dental brushing is a method of hygiene that serves to remove plaque from the teeth and prevent cavities or inflammation of the gums. Most people begin to brush their teeth after two or three years, not knowing if they are doing it right or wrong.

  • Good toothpaste and good brush

To brush your teeth you need to have a brush and toothpaste.

According to a report published in vital dent, a brush with very hard bristles can wear out the enamel, which has a white tint, making the dentin appear, whose hue is more yellow. In the same way, it can damage the gums causing its retraction and exposing the root of the tooth.

As for the electric brushes, they can be an option but not the best one of all. We advise its use in special cases when, with manual brushing, adequate plate control is not achieved or in cases of multiple restorations or orthodontic appliances, in those circumstances we would recommend an electric brush with pressure sensor and specific heads for each situation.

In the case of toothpaste, not only does it matter which one to use, but also how much. In advertisements you see a good dose of toothpaste. However, it should not be so. The paste should be fluoride-when we talk about washing a adult- person because it helps the demineralization of teeth and makes the tooth more secure against possible attacks of bacteria.

The fluoride in the tooth surface reduces the solubility of the enamel, which makes the tooth more resistant.

  • Brush at least twice, especially at night

In oral hygiene, the ideal is to brush after each meal, but considering that nutrition experts recommend eating five meals a day, this becomes difficult.

At least we should wash our teeth twice a day, one after breakfast and the other, the most important, after dinner. The recommendation is that if you only do two brushes, the second should be after breakfast so that you do not spend too many hours without brushing. After 10 hours, more bacteria may appear in the mouth, which produces cavities.

The brushing in the morning is important, but more important is at night. During sleep less saliva is produced, which is known as xerostomia. Saliva is a natural component of our body that has the mission to defend and protect the mouth. It helps to protect from agents that can attack enamel or cause diseases added the specialist.

In those hours the mouth will be less protected, and more if the patient sleeps with his mouth open or snore so the bacterial plaque would be more harmful in that lapse of time.

When a person sleeps, there is no movement of the tongue or lips that contribute to the so-called self-cleaning mechanism. Therefore, washing at night is essential, dental floss must be included, to reach the spaces to which the brush cannot reach and where the bacteria that give way to decay stagnate.

  • It is not necessary to wash immediately after eating

If the diet is predominantly acidic (citrus, vinegar …), the ideal would be to wait 30 minutes to wash our teeth and more if the person suffers from dental hypersensitivity. This would avoid rubbing the acid against the denture and avoid spreading it all over the mouth and intensifying its harmful effect.

  • Duration and style

The duration time should be two to three minutes. Many people brush intuitively so the final result is not what was expected.

The gesture should be from the gum to the outside of the tooth on the inside and outside of the face and in all the rooms of the mouth.

Must take into account that in order to perform a good cleaning, not only To clean all the teeth, it is also necessary to brush the gums and the tongue.

  • Avoid too much coffee and hard foods

Having a healthy diet and good hydration also allows for greater protection of the teeth.

It is not good to consume a lot of coffee or tea, enemies of enamel. It is also not a good idea to consume hard candies because they can cause the breakage of a tooth or erosion of the enamel. Biting ice can sensitize the teeth and sticky foods that last long in the mouth can promote the appearance of cavities.

When these foods are consumed it is necessary to clean the teeth immediately after their intake.