1. When choosing a toothbrush, consider the hardness of the bristles.
If they are too hard, they can damage the enamel and gums. The brush head should be as small and flexible as possible, as this is the only way to clean the less accessible parts of the teeth.
2. The most appropriate brushing technique is at an angle of
45 degrees with circular motions from the gums to the tip of the teeth.
3. Clean all parts of the tooth: remember the outer and inner surfaces as well as the biting surface.
4. The simplest way is always to have the same brushing routine so that no surface is neglected.
5. When brushing, be careful not to damage the gums or the sensitive neck of the tooth.
6. Use a toothpaste with added fluorides, which make the enamel of your teeth resistant to various acids in food.
7. Brush your teeth after each meal or at least twice a day (morning and evening).
Take at least 3 minutes to brush your teeth.
8. Use dental floss or an interdental toothbrush to clean the spaces between your teeth.
9. Carefully insert the dental floss into the space between the teeth and clean it with slow “sawing” motions. Be careful not to damage the gums with the floss.
10. If you have a prosthetic replacement (such as a bridge) in your mouth, use an interdental toothbrush or special dental floss to clean under the parts that replace missing teeth.
11. If you have an orthodontic retainer, you must also use a brush and use a special toothbrush for the areas around the supports. You will also need to use a floss specially adapted for cleaning around the retainer.
12. Oral hygiene also involves cleaning the tongue, as it contains the largest amount of bacteria. To do this, use a special plastic tongue scraper, which can be purchased at a pharmacy or dentist.
13. The easiest way to clean your tongue is to hold it with your left hand (using a towel or handkerchief). Then touch the back of the tongue with the scraper and drag it forward to the tip. Repeat the process three times.
14. To complete your oral hygiene care, use a mouthwash. It is used to rinse and disinfect the mouth and refresh the breath. Be careful when it comes to antiseptic mouthwash. The concentration of the chlorhexidine antiseptic should not be too high.
15. It is advisable to replace a toothbrush once a month, and it should not be used longer than 3 months.