Parents and medical specialists talk about the importance of oral hygiene incessantly, but often everything is limited only to the words that it must be observed. How to brush your teeth, at what age to start, what better to use - very few people explain. Moreover, the related issues concern not only children, but also adults.
When to brush your child's teeth?
In fact, brushing the teeth for a baby begins at the very moment when they just erupt. Of course, we are not talking about a toothbrush - parents rub their gums several times folded and dipped in gauze dipped in boiled water. After that, when the child turns 1 g, comes the turn of silicone brushes. This is a very soft instrument that massages the gums and eliminates plaque and food debris.
At the age of 2 years, the baby can use a baby brush, whose bristles have a pile rounded at the ends to reduce the risk of damage. In this case, up to 2.5 years to use it better without toothpaste, just moistening in water. Closer to the specified line, the child should be taught to rinse his mouth correctly so that he does not swallow the water. It is only after this that the addiction to a full-fledged procedure with child paste that does not contain fluoride is allowed. Especially good products with the words "not harmful if swallowed."
Changing the baby's brush is done once a quarter, as the bristles lose their shape and accumulate bacteria on the surface. Fluorine pastes can be purchased for a child only after it reaches 4 g, and many pediatricians generally advise that this moment be postponed until permanent teeth appear. And, of course, be sure to regularly take the baby to the dentist, even if there are no prerequisites for treatment. Prevention is not an unnecessary measure.
How to brush your teeth for adults?
It is interesting that not only little children who have yet to learn this, but also some adults, do not know much about the technology of cleaning teeth.
To date, there are a lot of algorithms for cleaning teeth and gums, some of them belong to specific medical specialists. How each is good - it makes no sense to evaluate. There is a universal technique that has been observed for several decades, which has proved its effectiveness. According to its principles, brushing your teeth should take 3 minutes.
The ideal schedule is cleansing after each meal. But, since this is difficult in working and training conditions, dentists insist on using a rinse solution and dental floss after eating.
The position of the brush to the teeth is strictly regulated - it is an angle of approximately 45 degrees, while the bristles should look towards the cutting edge of the tooth, heading from the roots. Only in this way it is possible to clean everything thoroughly. And the main movement at the same time, of course, occurs vertically.
It is necessary to move, clearing the oral cavity, from the front teeth to the molars, and it is desirable to work first with the upper jaw, and then with the lower jaw. Such a move prevents excessive separation of pathogens. On the chewing surface of the teeth (typical for canines and molars) to move the brush should be a spiral.
Many during the procedure, paying attention to the teeth, miss the tongue. But the bacteria on it is going no less. Most brushes on the back side have special grater pads for tongue hygiene. But if there is none, the usual bristles can be used for the same purpose.
At the end of the procedure, it is advisable to rinse the mouth with a special solution. The same brands that are engaged in the release of toothpastes, offer and means for rinsing. But if they are not there, or you prefer natural products, you can use the infusion of calamus or oak bark.
Purifying procedures with salt and salt
In the struggle for the beauty of teeth, some people tend to refer not to the latest achievements of cosmetology and medicine, but to the old proven methods. Soda in this case continues to enjoy special demand. Often they turn to it, wanting to lighten the enamel on their own. But does this make sense? How safe is this process? And how to apply soda in this case?
- The algorithm of such a procedure is simple and has 2 varieties. Sparing is the cultivation of soda with drinking water to the state of gruel. A toothbrush is dipped into this tool, after which the hygienic procedure is performed according to the classical scheme.
- A more aggressive version is to dip any soft cloth into the water, remove excess liquid from it, and then put some soda on the tip. The powder is rubbed into the teeth, after which the mouth is rinsed with water. Sometimes salt is added to the soda, and the use of 1% hydrogen peroxide is often practiced.
- Bleaching in such a way, quite possibly, will occur, but at what cost? All doctors compare this method using sandpaper for tooth enamel, because the top layer is literally cleaned off. As a result, of course, the teeth become whiter, but anomalous sensitivity and weakening of their surface appear.
Teeth with braces: the rules of care
The services of an orthodontist in recent years have been actively gaining demand, which also raises a number of questions that arise with regard to the care of the oral cavity with braces.
The brush is acquired special, having a stubble in the form of a letter V. Its task is not only to remove plaque from the teeth, but also to reach the gums, as well as to penetrate between the enamel and the braces. If the brush does not cope with this, you will have to use a brush and dental floss. It is dangerous to allow the accumulation of small particles in these zones - metal contact with the enamel and without that load on the teeth.
Another important device is the irrigator. A special device whose main function is hydromassage. It is the stream of water that allows you to get rid of plaque, food particles and bacteria. Often, antiseptic liquids are mixed with water. And if they are not, brushing your teeth is necessarily completed using a rinsing agent.
Do not forget to change the brush, be sure to choose the most convenient option for the bristle stiffness and do not try to save on toothpaste.
Be attentive to your health, give your teeth 5 minutes. per day, trying to adhere to this rule from his youth. This will not only significantly save money and effort on visits to the dentist, but will also give you confidence in yourself and your smile, which you will want to demonstrate as often as possible.