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All About Oral Health

All About Oral Health

Our mouths are unquestionably one of the most important parts of our body: we use our mouth to eat, to communicate, to breathe and even to show our emotions. Wouldn’t it be crazy not to look after it? Well, this happens on a daily basis, and you might even realize that you are one of the persons who do not look after their mouth properly. Wouldn’t it be crazy not to look after it? Well, this happens on a daily basis, and you might even realize that you are one of the persons who do not look after their mouth properly.

The WHO estimates that 9 out of every 10 people in the world are at risk of suffering an oral disease, and between 60% and 90% of school-going children in developed countries suffer from tooth decay (caries). But it is not all bad news, and many oral and dental diseases are completely preventable.

The international study conducted by the British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline shows that 85% of Spaniards suffer some oral health problem or other, and the most common of these are an excess of bacterial plaque, tooth decay, bleeding gums and sensitive teeth. What all these problems have in common is that they can be prevented to a certain degree as long as we follow some optimal oral hygiene habits.

For this reason, a series of tools are available to help us reduce as much as possible the chance of suffering complications caused by neglected oral hygiene.

Make a note of the oral hygiene products that you should always have in your toilet bag!

A toothbrush

Toothbrushes come in all shapes and colours, and there are even electric toothbrushes. Therefore, you should check to see the level of hardness that is best suited to you and then get a toothbrush based on that. We advise you to always choose a toothbrush with the least hard bristles as this will be better at getting rid of dental plaque. How should you use your toothbrush? Dentists recommend making small vibratory movements in the contact areas between the teeth and gums and then brushing towards the centre of the mouth to get rid of the plaque.

You should brush gently at least three times a day, after every meal, and make sure to clean the entire teeth area. In this way you will remove a large amount of plaque, protect the enamel and make it difficult for tooth decay and other oral diseases to develop.

Remember that it is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three months or before this if you notice that some of the bristles are in a bad state.


Toothpaste or gel

You will find toothpastes and gels that are adapted to all your mouth’s needs, but, in general terms, their purpose is to keep your mouth healthy and to prevent tooth decay.

Fluoride, which is present in most toothpastes and gels, attacks the bacteria present in plaque and it remineralizes the tooth. In addition, toothpastes and gels act as a dental protector by inhibiting the formation of acids that produce the low pH that the bacteria that cause decay crave.

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Dental Tape and Dental Floss

Dental floss and dental tape help to block the development of dental plaque by removing food debris and dental plaque from those places that a toothbrush cannot reach.

Even though you cannot see it, food debris can get trapped under your gums and between your teeth. Over time, the bacteria can seriously affect the state of both your gums and your teeth. Frequent flossing or the regular use of dental tape will free your teeth of the plaque that surrounds them.

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Interdental brushes

Are you familiar with these brushes? These have been specially designed to remove plaque from the interdental area. It is recommended that you use them on a daily basis. You will see that they come in different shapes and sizes, and you should choose the right size for cleaning your interdental area. Are you still unsure about what size is best for you?

We recommend that you start by choosing the smallest size and then you can increase the size gradually if you find that it is not big enough.

Mouthwash or Rinse

Using a mouthwash is the ideal way to improve your daily oral hygiene routine. Mouthwashes are formulated with fluoride to complement the antiplaque action of brushing and to remineralize the enamel, and they also help to keep your breath fresh. It is recommended that you use them after brushing although there are several types of rinses and each one can have a specific frequency of use.

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Tongue Cleaner

If you are still not using a tongue cleaner, now is the time to start using one as part of your daily oral hygiene routine. The bacteria located on your tongue produce foul-smelling gases due to the metabolism of food debris. Using a tongue cleaner ensures the daily removal of the layer of bacteria and food debris that gathers on the surface of your tongue.

Water picks and flossers

Imagine all the benefits of a toothbrush, tongue cleaner, dental floss and interdental brush rolled into a single system. This is a water pick also known as a water flosser. Dentists recommend using water picks because they also look after and protect gums since they are less invasive than the bristles of a toothbrush.

If you are not using any of these products or their alternatives, you should be aware that you are omitting a very important part of your oral health. But it is never too late to improve! Add the oral hygiene product that you need to your toiletry bag and create a complete cleaning routine.

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