For Oral Care;
Oral and dental health: It is important in terms of nutrition, speech and aesthetics. The person whose oral and dental health deteriorates cannot grind food sufficiently, has difficulty in making sounds while speaking, and (depending on the location of the lost teeth) there is an aesthetically unpleasant appearance. Therefore, a systematic and adequate oral and dental care is required. The most important task in oral care falls to the person himself. By allocating enough time, we can prevent many problems from occurring with systematic maintenance.
The duty of us dentists is to supervise the care performed with checks made every 6 months, to monitor and clean the overlooked – neglected – areas.
Today, preventive medicine has taken the place of curative medicine in modern countries. It is obvious how beneficial and successful Preventive – Preventive medicine will be, especially in a branch such as dentistry, which is avoided unless necessary, but which requires a lot of unpleasant and expensive treatment at the last moment.
What should be used in oral care and how?
Toothbrush: A good toothbrush head should be made of short, straight handle and medium hard nylon bristles. It would not be true under all circumstances to say that electric toothbrushes brush teeth better.
Toothpaste: Increases the effect of mechanical brushing of the toothbrush. Here is an answer to a frequently asked question. In our opinion, there is no “best” or “ideal” toothbrush. Where no special paste recommendation is required, the best toothpaste is one that makes brushing a pleasure and that you like to taste and smell. There are pastes with high fluor concentration, antibacterial agents, and tooth whitening acids.
Dental floss: It is used to clean the interdental surfaces that the toothbrush cannot fully clean.
Mouthwashes: According to the substances they contain, they prevent the activation of microorganisms in the mouth (especially in places where the brush cannot reach). They reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth and therefore eliminate bad breath, but remember that rinsing the mouth does not dislodge the bacterial plaque. Mouthwashes are no substitute for brushing and flossing, they’re just a plus for protection and maintenance.
Interdental brushes: These are special brushes used to clean between teeth and under bridges.
How should I choose oral care products?
It may surprise you that there are so many products on the market that make it so diverse and attractive. When choosing, you should be careful to buy products that are approved and recommended by your dentist.
How long can I use a toothbrush?
It can generally be used for 6 months. You can tell that the toothbrush is broken by the separation, disintegration and bending of the bristle bundles. Hard-bristled brushes can damage your teeth and gums. Unless otherwise recommended, medium-hard brushes should be preferred.
What is the best tooth brushing technique?
For a correct brushing;
It should be known that there are 3 surfaces that need to be brushed: front, back and chewing teeth.
First of all, it should be approached to the tooth at an angle of 45 degrees and placed where the tooth meets the gingiva.
The front surfaces of the teeth should be brushed with circular movements for 10 seconds for each tooth.
It should be noted that the brush surface is 2 teeth wide.
Back surfaces should be cleaned with a one-way sweeping motion from the gingiva to the tooth.
Especially since the inner surfaces of the front teeth are narrow, the brush should be in an upright position in these areas.
The indented chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth; The brush surface should be kept parallel and cleaned with back and forth movements.
It should not be forgotten that the back surfaces of the teeth, back teeth and tongue, where there are bacterial plaque and food residues, should also be cleaned. Since only the front surfaces of the front teeth are brushed, caries mostly occur in the back areas; calculus occurs in the lower anterior region, which is brushed very little.
If a suitable technique is not used, will the teeth be damaged?
Yes. Although the teeth are covered with enamel, which is a very hard layer, they can be damaged even by a brush that you apply with the wrong technique. It can cause abrasions on both the upper part of the tooth and the layer covering the root, and recession in the gums. In this case, the teeth become more prone to decay. Brushing should be avoided with a force so strong that it can wear down the teeth and should be moved with soft movements.
What do interface cleaners do?
It is used to clean the residues between the teeth and under the gums where the toothbrush cannot reach. If you don’t have this habit, it’s not too late to start.
When using dental floss, you should pay attention to the following points:
Waxed and mint dental floss is preferred for easy use in the first use. In addition, fluoridated dental floss can be preferred.
Dental floss is used by wrapping around the index fingers of both hands and with the help of our thumb.
Pass the floss between your teeth with slow and controlled movements. wash your gums
You should avoid hard and sudden movements that will cause a break.
You can clean the interface by moving the floss up and down to draw the letter c on the tooth.