1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day!
Thoroughly and persistently brush your teeth morning and evening after meals. Three minutes must be - always in the same order, so no place is forgotten!
2. Use dental floss
Especially in the interdental spaces easily accumulate bacteria. Clean the hard-to-reach areas daily with floss or a tooth-space brush.
3. Proper plastering technique
So that brushing teeth really effectively protects, it depends mainly on the right brushing technique. The dental assistant explains the correct brushing method. Simple and effective is the so-called "red-white technique", ie from the gums to the tooth.
4. It depends on the right toothbrush!
- Short-head brushes also reach the posterior molars well
- The brush should have three to four rows of bristles and lie well in the hand - this guarantees optimal guidance
- Medium-hard, rounded plastic bristles prevent gum injury
- Do not use natural bristles, bacteria will accumulate in them
- Buy a new brush after two months at the latest. The old one removes 30% less plaque and is full of bacteria
Electric toothbrushes younger generation clean better than hand brushes. They are particularly suitable for children: the fast, automatic movements of the brush make cleaning easier. Cleaning time only two minutes!
5. Never without toothpaste
Toothpaste provides fresh breath and significantly increases the cleaning effect of the brush. Fluoridated toothpaste has been shown to reduce caries neoplasm. Toothpaste residues after cleaning only with a little water spit! This preserves the protective effect of the fluoride.
6. Fluoride must be with
Fluoride significantly improves tooth surface resistance to tooth decay. Important tips for proper fluoride supply:
- The use of fluoridated iodine salt in cooking and baking prevents tooth decay and goiter
- In addition, regularly provide infants with fluoride tablets
- Also use fluoridated douches or gels for dental care at home
7. Chewing is fitness training for the teeth
- "Chewy" foods as a snack (apples, carrots, nuts) stimulate the salivation - saliva rinses and cures the teeth.
- A fiber-rich diet (eg fresh fruit, cereal products, raw vegetables) also has a positive effect on dental health.
8. The chewing gum afterwards
Those who are constantly on the move have little time to brush their teeth. Simply chew a sugar-free gum after eating - the stimulated saliva production protects against tooth decay & Co.
9. Sweet in moderation
Less sweet means less aggressive plaque bacteria. Beware of children's products: In them often high sugar content "lurks". A good alternative is sugar-free munchies.
10. At least twice a year to the dentist!
At the check-up / check-up the mouth is thoroughly checked. The dentist's "treatment package" includes:
- Early detection of caries and gum disease including treatment
- Tartar removal
If you visit your dentist twice a year, you will have a good laugh, because you will often only get bored with a dentist. The entry of all preventive examinations in the bonus booklet (there's free with the dentist) helps to save!