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Positive: Laughing with healthy teeth / Image © Antonioguillem - Fotolia

White teeth are more and more important these days. An open smile with healthy teeth has a positive effect on people and opens the doors to the world. With proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet, you can ensure white teeth and fresh breathing. Typical consequences of a lack of dental hygiene are tartar, tooth decay, periodontal disease and yellow teeth. The causes of these diseases are not only due to a lack of dental hygiene, but often also to incorrect dental hygiene. Avoid uncomfortable dental procedures, expensive dentures and unnecessary whitening by brushing your teeth properly.

Brush your teeth properly

A study by Prof. Dr. Stefan Zimmer from the University of Witten shows that Germans brush their teeth incorrectly. Many adults still brush their teeth the way they learned to do in childhood. Because the cleaning technique with slightly circular movements is exactly the right one for children, as it is effective and easy to learn. For adults, the "shaking and sweeping" technique has long been considered the better. The circular movements of the toothbrush loosen the plaque, but the circular movement can push plaque and bacteria under the gumline and cause inflammation. Better is: shaking - to loosen the covering - and sweeping - always from red to white - to optimally remove the bacteria and the covering. This technique takes practice, patience, and focus. But it is very efficient and is recommended by most dentists.

Electric toothbrush or manual?

With an electric toothbrush you can achieve the same result as with a manual toothbrush - only faster. The prerequisite for correct teeth cleaning is that the correct brushing technique is mastered and that no corner is left out. This is much easier with the electric toothbrush. With the well-known vibrating and circular movement of the electronic bristles, the dental plaque is optimally loosened and removed. The person only has to move the electric toothbrush from red to white and from tooth to tooth. With a manual toothbrush and the right technique, adults need around three to four minutes. With a machine brush, two minutes are usually enough.


Advantage of the electric toothbrush: fast and effective / Image © Sergey Ryzhov - Fotolia

Tip: Small finger toothbrushes help you clean your teeth quickly when you are out and about or when traveling.

Clean interdental spaces

With a toothbrush you have no chance of perfectly cleaning the spaces between your teeth. Oral irrigators also only clean the interdental spaces to a limited extent. A dental floss is therefore indispensable in order to optimally clean the teeth and spaces between them. It is best to remove plaque and food scraps from all gaps after each time you brush your teeth with dental floss or an interdental brush. At the beginning there is occasional bleeding of the gums, as inflamed areas, which are usually stuck together with food residues, have to heal first. The bleeding gums should stop later. Otherwise, ask your dentist about the cause.

Note:

  • Dental floss without wax cleans better because it is rougher
  • Floss with wax is easier to use and better than no floss at all
  • Interdental brushes are usually only needed in old age, when the gums recede and larger interdental spaces arise. For adolescents and young adults, interdental brushes are usually unsuitable for correctly positioned teeth because there is not enough space.

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Toothpaste is a matter of taste

Everyone can choose the right toothpaste according to their taste. Most toothpastes have the addition of fluoride, because fluorides are used to prevent dental caries.

Toothpaste, which is supposed to make teeth extra white, has an increased grinding effect. Use this only once or twice a week. The high abrasive effect can attack healthy tooth enamel. Tooth necks and exposed root surfaces are very sensitive to the additional friction.

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth puts an additional protective layer around attacked tooth necks and can "fill in" the gaps. Other toothpastes use bioflavanoids and manuka for sustainable dental care.


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Is it necessary to clean the tongue?

Food residues and plaque build up in the fine pores of the tongue on the tongue. Bacteria build up and cause tooth decay, periodontal disease and bad breath. Daily tongue cleaning not only helps to maintain good breath, but also supports healthy oral flora and at the same time prevents bacteria from spreading indignantly in the mouth.

The tongue depressor and tongue brush

With the tongue depressor or a tongue brush you can optimally clean the back of the tongue. In this area, plaque and bacteria accumulate because when chewing and swallowing the tongue does not come into contact with the roof of the mouth and thus does not clean itself. You can easily loosen the topping with the tongue brush and pull it off from back to front with the tongue depressor. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly.

The mouthwash is a useful addition to brushing your teeth

Mouthwashes and mouthwashes are said to help clean the spaces between the teeth and the oral cavity. There are antibacterial mouthwashes that kill bacteria and prevent bad breath from developing. However, long-term use can be harmful, as the mouthwashes also remove many organisms that are needed in a healthy oral flora. Mouth rinses or mouth and throat sprays can help improve inflammation in the mouth and throat. Let your dentist or pharmacist advise you on the applications and the application period.

The check at the dentist


Annual dental check-ups are important / Image © karelnoppe - Fotolia

Every citizen should visit his dentist at least twice a year. You are free to choose the dental practice. The dentist examines tooth decay, tartar, periodontal disease. Professional teeth cleaning as well as advice on optimal oral hygiene are part of his tasks in addition to tooth repairs, the production of dentures and tooth corrections. The cost of checking your teeth when you visit the dentist is covered by your health insurance.

Is professional teeth cleaning necessary or just a profit for the doctors?

According to the interview with Prof. Roland Frankenberger, professional teeth cleaning does not have to be absolutely necessary in Germany. Unfortunately, the average oral hygiene is to brush your teeth once in the evening. On average, no more than 48 seconds of time are used. This is too short to sufficiently remove plaque and deposits. With irregular teeth, it is particularly difficult to reach all areas when brushing your teeth. Professional teeth cleaning at the dentist removes plaque as well as stubborn tartar and cleans the gum pockets.

Tartar removal once or twice a year

The tartar is created by deposited, hardening dental plaque. Mainly in interdental spaces and other places that are difficult to reach with the toothbrush and therefore not cleaned regularly. Dental plaque - also called plaque - mixes with the minerals from the saliva and hardens over time. At first the tartar is white to yellowish and can turn from brown to black (especially in smokers).

Tartar can only be removed by the dentist mechanically with hand instruments or mechanically, for example with an ultrasound device. Ultrasonic devices remove the tartar using a high-frequency vibrating metal tip that is guided over the surface of the tooth with minimal pressure. Tartar removal is followed by polishing the teeth with fine rotating brushes and polishing paste in order to smooth the now rough tooth surface.

If the tartar is not removed, inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and gingivitis (periodontitis) can result.

Dental diseases

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay occurs when plaque is not removed regularly. Bacteria from the mouth settle in plaque and multiply. The bacteria absorb sugar from food and convert it into acid. The acid attacks the tooth enamel and removes the mineral calcium from the tooth. Whitish to brownish spots form on the teeth. The dentist can stop the process by removing the tooth decay. If too much tooth decay has formed and has eroded deep into the tooth, a hole remains in the tooth after the tooth decay has been removed, which the dentist closes with a filling.

What is plaque?

Plaque is the general term for dental plaque. There is hard plaque such as tartar, soft plaque such as food residue or bacterial plaque. Plaque can build up on the surface of the tooth, at the gumline, or under the gum line. Plaque leads to tooth decay, periodontal disease, gingivitis and tartar.

What is gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and is almost always caused by bacteria. Bleeding gums or periodontal disease are the result.

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontitis (formerly also called periodontal disease) is caused by bacteria and is an inflammation of the tooth bed. The previously untreated and mostly painless gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) has spread to the tooth bed.

Healthy eating

Healthy eating also helps your dental health. All bacteria in the mouth like to feed on sugar and multiply explosively with a rich supply of sugar. If the plaque is not removed regularly, bacteria have an easy job and quickly find a comfortable home.

Drink sugar-free beverages like mineral water or unsweetened teas. Brush your teeth after enjoying chocolate, ice cream, and sugary drinks. Remember that sugar is also abundant in fruits and fruit juices.

For on the go, the mouth can be rinsed with water after eating. The consumption of chewing gum (preferably sugar-free) stimulates the formation of saliva and thereby rinses the mouth. With mouth sprays, herbal candies or an oral gel, you can always ensure fresh breath even on the go.


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Whiten teeth

Tooth whitening or bleaching (from the English to bleach, 'to bleach') is a method to whiten human teeth for cosmetic or aesthetic reasons.

The teeth become discolored when they come into contact with staining foods such as red wine, black tea, coffee, fruit juices and smoking.

People have wanted whiter teeth for centuries; white teeth stand for health and prosperity. In the past, agents were often used that simply had no effect (such as rinsing with urine from humans or animals) or damaged the teeth (e.g. acids or chemicals). Today the dentist can whiten teeth without damaging the teeth and the side effects of teeth whitening are usually limited. Before teeth whitening, the dentist checks the teeth for any damage to the teeth or gums. Professional teeth cleaning removes all plaque, cleans the tooth all around and brings out the actual tooth color. For this process, the dentist determines the optimal bleaching agent so that the bleaching substances have an ideal effect on the teeth.

Tooth loss due to poor hygiene

The fourth German health study commissioned by the German Medical Association and the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Dentists says that tooth loss among adults and senior citizens has decreased significantly. On average, an adult today is missing 2.7 teeth (in 1997 the value was 4.2). In the senior group, an average of 14.2 teeth are missing (compared to 17.6 in 1997). Today, tooth loss in adults is mainly treated with fixed dentures such as dental implants and dental crowns. Removable dental prostheses and removable dental bridges still predominate among the elderly. However, there is a clear trend towards fixed dentures. The cost of the dentures is partly covered by the statutory health insurance. You can take out additional insurance for the private part. The amount of the cost of an implant, a dental bridge or a dental crown depends on the effort. Let your dentist advise you and prepare an offer.

Frequent questions and answers

Are there any home remedies for bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums - not only when brushing your teeth - are usually caused by inflammation of the gums. Mouth rinses with chamomile tea or medicated mouth solutions can help reduce inflammation. Regular oral hygiene and an analysis by the dentist can help if your gums are bleeding all the time.

Can I remove my tartar myself?

Dentists do not recommend removing the tartar yourself because the hard plaque can only be loosened with a sharp scalpel or an ultrasound device. Injuries and inflammation of the tooth and gums can be the result of an unprofessional intervention. The statutory health insurance companies cover the cost of dental tartar removal once a year.

Is tooth decay contagious?

Yes. Tooth decay is a contagious disease that is transmitted through saliva. Mothers should therefore never lick their child's pacifier or porridge spoon, as this will pass the bacteria from the mother's mouth on to the child.



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