Brushing Your Teeth – But How?

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Checking: Well-cleaned or not?

What’s fun for kids should also be used by adults every now and then: Plaque disclosing tablets. First, you brush your teeth; then you chew a special plaque disclosing tablet (which can be bought at any pharmacy). Wherever plaque is still present will turn a specific color (e.g., blue). Color that can be wiped away with the tongue is just colored saliva; anything that remains is dental plaque that wasn’t removed by brushing. You should go over these areas again with your toothbrush!

 

Choosing the correct toothbrush

When buying a toothbrush, you should pay attention to the following aspects:

  • Select a brush with a plane plastic bristle head and rounded bristles in order to avoid injuring the gums
  • Avoid bristles made of natural fibers – bacteria can accumulate more easily and multiply in these types of brushes
  • If toothbrush’s bristles already look pretty ragged, it’s time to get a new one. You should do this every 2-3 months anyway
  • Select a “multi-tufted” toothbrush with a soft or medium degree of hardness
  • Specially shaped toothbrushes, e.g., with flexible heads that “give way” or differently arranged bristles – which are often advertised – are not necessary
  • Do you own an electric toothbrush? It’s also possible to use these to thoroughly clean your teeth. However, make sure to replace the brush attachments from time to time, the way you would replace a normal toothbrush.
Plaque Tablets

Plaque Tablets

Choosing the correct toothpaste

When buying toothpaste, there’s not much that can go wrong. Make sure that the toothpaste you choose contains fluoride as additional protection for the teeth against caries. There are certain tooth surfaces where toothbrushes fail as a cleaning tool; for such areas, there are special aids.

Dental Aids

Among these are the oral douche, dental floss, dental toothpicks, mouthwash, and interdental toothbrushes. Don’t worry; in most cases, it’s enough to use one of these five aids in addition to your toothbrush. Your dentist and dental assistant are trained in prophylaxis, and are the best resources for any questions you may have about which aid is best suited for you.

Proper brushing techniques

A toothbrush is only a tool in your hands. It can only clean those teeth to which you “guide” it. Therefore, brush with a system! Remember, don’t just brush the anterior teeth; remember to also brush the posterior teeth, which are important for grinding food. Also, keep in mind that every tooth has several surface areas, a fact that is easily forgotten. Brush the “difficult” areas first!

Toothbrush

Toothbrush

The longer you brush your teeth (in one session), the less motivation you’ll have. Therefore, keep the “easy” parts until the very end! Begin with the inside surfaces in the lower and upper jaws; after that, turn to the outside surfaces. At the very end, brush the chewing surfaces. In the beginning, inflamed gums may bleed heavily, but please continue to brush anyway.

A conceivable evening cleaning plan could be as follows:

Oral douche, brushing, plaque disclosing tablet to check success of brushing, and finally, a fluoride-containing mouthwash to finish off the process. Don’t panic; you’ll see that once the sequence has been practiced, you’ll only need five minutes to thoroughly clean your teeth.

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