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Tooth Brushing Habits

Many people are aware of brushing their teeth regularly. But how many of them perform tooth brushing practices correctly? The most basic information about tooth brushing habits is that teeth should be brushed twice a day for 2 minutes.

It is absolutely necessary to brush the teeth, especially before going to bed, because our mouth remains closed during the night, which means more bacteria formation.

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When teeth are brushed before going to bed, problems such as plaque formation, cavities and gum diseases are prevented. If you have problems with oral and dental health, you can also brush your teeth immediately after dinner.

Brush Selection

If you use the wrong toothbrush and do not brush your teeth correctly, you are less protected against possible oral and dental problems. Brushing individual teeth incorrectly can also cause gum pain and tooth structure deterioration.

Therefore, the toothbrush you choose should be made of a material that will not damage the teeth or gums and should be used for a maximum of 6 months. If you feel pain in the gums during brushing, we recommend that you change your brush.

Electric toothbrushes, which are widely used today, are much more effective in removing plaque because they apply both rotational movement and vibration. However, do not forget to get advice from your dentist when choosing an electric or ordinary toothbrush!

Brushing Style

The toothbrush should be placed in the mouth at an angle of 45 degrees, and the brushing process should be carried out with soft and circular movements without pressing. You need to make sure that the brush completely touches the inner and outer surfaces of the teeth.

Many people wet the brush before or after taking toothpaste. But this is not necessary. Because the inside of your mouth is wet due to saliva, the paste will foam. The ideal brushing time for cleaning the inside of the mouth from bacteria and food residues is 2 minutes.

The toothbrush is very suitable to stay moist due to its structure. Since bacteria multiply faster in moist areas, you need to make sure that you dry the toothbrush and clean it thoroughly. The toothbrush should stand upright in its container and should not come into contact with other toothbrushes.

Toothpaste Selection

The choice of toothpaste is as important as the choice of toothbrush. The toothpaste you should use may differ according to the condition of your teeth or the problems in your teeth. Similarly, the structure of your gums and the presence of decayed tooth enamel should also be decisive in choosing toothpaste. Another burning fluoride is extremely effective in treating caries on tooth enamel. Therefore, if you have caries on your teeth, you can use a toothpaste containing fluoride.

Many toothpastes that you can find in the supermarkets may claim to protect against gum sensitivity, to provide great shine or ideal whiteness. But you should remember that these can often be misleading. Therefore, before choosing a toothpaste, always listen to the advice of your dentist!

Tooth Floss Use

Dental floss is extremely effective in cleaning the germs and bacteria between the teeth that cannot be reached by the toothbrush. Moving the floss placed between the teeth back and forth using both hands is sufficient for a detailed cleaning.

Also, do not forget that you should use a new floss in each application and throw away the floss you use after the application! Even if you brush your teeth 2 times a day, it is enough to apply dental floss once a day.

In addition to all these, dental floss helps to eliminate problems such as bad breath as it will clean the food residues accumulated between the teeth. Since it has small packages that can be carried in the pocket, you can perform dental cleaning with dental floss at any time of the day and anywhere.

Regular Dentist Examination

In order to protect oral and dental health, it is not always sufficient to perform maintenance practices correctly and regularly.

Because there may be some problems that you do not notice and can only be detected by the dentist.

A dental examination is required twice a year in order to detect the existing problems and plan the necessary treatment process and to carry out the cleaning process.

You can also get support and advice from your dentist about the aesthetic dental applications you want to have.

Things to Know About Dental Care

Although the above care practices are sufficient, some useful information can help protect oral and dental health. It is possible to list this information as follows:

  • Mouthwashes or mouthwashes can be used to reduce the amount of acid in the mouth and to clean the germs in the mouth in cases where dental floss cannot be used. However, you should definitely consult your dentist about the choice of mouthwash, as the wrong choice of mouthwash and wrong applications can cause problems by creating imbalance in the mouth.
  • Drinking plenty of water is extremely necessary for oral and dental health as well as for the immune system and skin. A glass of water drunk after meals or after consuming acidic drinks helps you get rid of bacteria that settle between the teeth. It also prevents problems that may occur due to dry mouth.
  • Consuming calcium-containing foods such as milk, yoghurt or cheese strengthens your teeth.
  • The white appearance of the teeth begins to deteriorate with tea, coffee or cigarette consumption. Similarly, since acidic or sugary foods will cause deterioration of dental health, you should take care to limit these habits.
  • You should refrain from breaking hard foods such as shelled nuts with your teeth.
  • You should make sure that your tongue, inner cheeks and palate are also cleaned during the tooth brushing activity. To clean your tongue, you can use the tongue cleaning apparatus on the back of toothbrushes or tools specially produced for cleaning the tongue.

Performing dental care practices regularly and correctly allows you to have healthy teeth, thus preventing self-confidence problems and improving your quality of life.

You can also laugh freely without hiding your smile. While maintaining your routine habits, do not neglect to visit your dentist regularly!




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