Proper brushing - tools for cleaning teeth

Pay attention to the right toothbrush

The toothbrush removes coverings and food particles. To achieve a good result, she should have a short head and dense, rounded plastic bristles. Toothbrushes that have a bristle field adapted to the surface of the teeth are particularly well suited for reaching places that are difficult to reach.

After every brushing, the brush should be cleaned and dried upside down. At the latest after two months, a new one is due.

Cleaning the interdental spaces

Even the best toothbrush can not brush perfectly between your teeth. In order to remove where two teeth are in close contact (interdental region), food scraps and bacteria, you should use as possible daily additional aids. These include dental floss and interdental brushes.

Use dental floss correctly

With flossing, you can also get into very narrow spaces and even a little in the furrow between the tooth and the gums. Which type of floss you use - whether waxed or unwaxed, as a float or with Teflon coating - depends on your personal preference; the effectiveness is hardly different.

This should be noted when using floss:

  1. Remove approximately 50 centimeters of dental floss from the dispenser. These wrap around both middle fingers.
  2. Then the floss is stretched over the thumb so that about 2 inches of floss remain free between the thumbs.
  3. Start with the upper jaw. Here, the tense floss is inserted with slight sawing movements between the teeth.
  4. Then place the floss in a u-shape around the one half of the tooth and thoroughly clean the interdental space during up and down movements. Then the opposite half of the tooth is treated according to the same method.
  5. Then the lower jaw is tuned. The floss is wrapped around both middle fingers and stretched over the index fingers. Insert the dental floss between the teeth with light sawing movements.
  6. Now place the floss in a u-shape around the one half of the tooth and move up and down to thoroughly clean the interdental space. Then treat the opposite half of the tooth with the same method.

Interdental brushes

These are easier to handle than floss, but - despite different sizes - only suitable for wider spaces. In most cases, a combination of both measures is recommended.


These are - if not prescribed by the doctor for example after a tooth operation - not absolutely necessary. They do not replace the above-described teeth cleaning and have little additional effect. Many people, however, feel the fresh breath as pleasant. Medical mouth rinses (for example with chlorhexidine) should only be used for a short period of time as they disturb the natural bacterial flora in the mouth. Many supplements contain alcohol, so they are not suitable for children.

What else is to be considered?

Since the motor skills in toddlers is still in development, they can not clean the teeth themselves clean. For this reason, pediatric dentists recommend that parents clean their teeth with a soft toothbrush twice a day from the first tooth on, starting at the age of two. With age, the child can help; however, the parents should clean up until about the age of eight.

In addition to medical dental prophylaxis, many dental practices also offer advice and instruction in cleaning techniques and proper dental care. Talk to your dentist.

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