Going to the dentist causes mixed feelings for most of us. Of course, we all understand that preventive visits to the dentist are necessary. But more often than once a year, it is impossible to drag most of us to a preventive examination. Therefore, it is necessary to pay more attention to dental care, and especially the selection of products for this care. To avoid having to go to the dentist more often. Today, the editors of Estet-portal decided to figure out what kind of dental care products are needed and what is more important for teeth, brush or paste.

Dental care

The first and most important step in caring for your teeth is to thoroughly clean them of food debris, plaque and other troubles that can destroy tooth enamel or damage your gums. For oral hygiene and caries prevention, the modern industry offers a variety of dental care products:

  • dental floss;
  • irrigators;
  • brushes;
  • rinses;
  • gels;
  • elixirs;
  • tooth powders;
  • dental wipes;
  • chewing gums;
  • Staining tablets for detecting plaque.

But the toothbrush and toothpaste have been the staple of dental care for many years.

What is the most important thing for teeth?

In an argument about what is more important for dental health – brush or paste – the brush always wins. No matter how intense and effective the paste is, it cannot completely get rid of soft plaque on the teeth, while the bristles of a toothbrush can clean plaque from the most inaccessible corners of the oral cavity. Humanity has not yet invented anything more perfect for dental hygiene, although brushes change day by day, becoming more and more effective in the fight for healthy teeth.

Main brush

Archaeologists and historians testify to the findings and facts confirming that dental care has been known to people for a very long time. To clean the teeth, oak brushes and twigs of camel thorn, canvas and linen rags sprinkled with crushed chalk were used. & nbsp; At the end of the 18th century, the prototypes of modern toothbrushes appeared in England, and since then this important hygiene item began its triumphant march around the world.

The first brushes for mass consumption were made from Siberian boar bristles and had a bone handle. In the 1930s, brushes with nylon fibers appeared on the market, and a little later, the first electric brushes were launched on the market. Modern toothbrushes are strikingly different from their humble predecessors. They have several degrees of rigidity, have movable and even removable heads, their rounded bristles of different lengths can bend at any angle and change color as they wear out, and some models use vibration and ultrasound to clean their teeth. However, the main task of the – it is ideal to clean the surface of each tooth, and therefore each of us selects this hygiene item individually.

Dentists recommend choosing a toothbrush with a head length of 25-30mm: this is the optimal size for reaching the most inaccessible places, for example, the back walls of molars. It is important that the brush does not damage the gums when brushing your teeth, so choose a medium-hard brush (or soft if you have periodontitis), with smooth rounding transitions of the cleaning head, made of many individual tufts of bristles, rounded at the ends. With all your love for natural materials, beware of natural bristle brushes, as pork fibers absorb moisture and do not dry out for a long time, becoming a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. In addition, natural bristles are very brittle, and their sharp edges will injure the gums. The toothbrush should be changed as it wears out, but at least every six months.

How to brush your teeth?

Practice shows that even the most thorough work with a toothbrush will not be effective enough if toothpaste is not applied to it. Once upon a time, crushed chalk, a mixture of salt, pepper and mint leaves, even mercury compounds were used instead of toothpaste. Modern pastes are a jelly-like mass containing soft abrasive compounds, foaming elements, active medicinal ingredients and flavorings. Among the therapeutic components are especially known:

  • fluorides;
  • polymineral complexes;
  • propolis;
  • herbal extracts.

The components of essential oils are most often used as fragrances:

  • menthol (from mint);
  • thymol (from thyme);
  • Squalene (from wheat germ oil, olive oil, linseed).

When purchasing toothpaste, make sure that it contains amine fluoride or sodium fluoride, as these elements prevent caries.

What can't you skimp on when brushing your teeth?

Dentists say that, by and large, it doesn't really matter what kind of brush or paste you use – even if it's quite cheap. But you can’t save time on caring for your teeth.  Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day – morning and evening after meals (ideally – after each meal).

The correct movements of the toothbrush – from the gum to the chewing surface and to the cutting edge from the side of the cheek and tongue. Use a variety of brush strokes when brushing:

  • scraping – vertically on the surface of the teeth, back and forth – in interdental spaces;
  • circular – along the gums and along the chewing surface;
  • "sweeping" - from the gums to the chewing surface.

Clean interdental spaces with floss. 

High-quality cleaning of the surface of all teeth takes at least 20 minutes! Dedicate these minutes to your teeth and you can save a lot of time, health and mental strength, since visits to the dentist will turn into a purely preventive measure. The editors of Estet-portal wish you to be the happy owner of a beautiful and healthy smile.

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