Oral Hygiene and Prevention

Oral Hygiene and Prevention

The benefits of good dental hygiene:

  • Helps avoiding tooth decay;
  • Keeps the gums healthy;
  • Gives you a beautiful smile and a fresh breath;
  • Screening for oral cancer, cysts, tumors and other mouth diseases.

What are good dental hygiene habits?

The use of fluoride toothpaste

Most toothpastes on the market contain fluoride.

Fluorine fortifies the enamel of your teeth, making them more resistant to decay.

Toothbrushing

  • Frequency: toothbrushing at least twice a day to remove plaque which takes only 24 hours to occur in the mouth and become a cause of decay.
  • Toothbrush: choose the right toothbrush size for your mouth. This means you must be able to reach the last teeth at the end of the dental arch without having to open your mouth too much. The toothbrush bristles must be flexible to prevent gum injury. Poorly stored, your toothbrush can become a source of contamination. It should be replaced after about 3 months of use because its dull bristles can irritate your gums.

Use of dental floss

Done at least once a day, flossing can remove dental plaque on two of the five tooth surfaces that are not accessible with the toothbrush.

A routine visit every year or every six months

Your appointment usually includes a thorough cleaning carried out by a hygienist and a dental examination by the dentist to detect the presence of cavities and other oral disorders such as cysts or mouth cancer. X-rays can also detect dental decay or other anomalies that are invisible to the naked eye.

A good diet

In addition to strengthening your immune system, eating healthy reduces your intake of refined sugar which plays a major role in dental plaque formation.

Dental Hygiene for all Ages

Infants

With the exception of silicone finger toothbrushes specifically designed for babies, the use of toothbrushes is difficult or unnecessary at this stage of life. A clean washcloth moistened in water can be used to rub the gums. To avoid tooth decay, do not let your baby fall asleep with a bottle. You should also refrain from soaking soothers in syrup, honey or other forms of sugar.

Children

You must be careful if your child sucks his thumb as this will create a pressure on the roof of the mouth (palate) and potentially cause problems with the growth of the teeth and jaw. Teaching your children how to brush their teeth and supervising them are necessary to instil good dental hygiene habits. To quench thirst, give your child water rather than juice. This way, his mouth will not be in contact with sugar in between meals.

Teenagers

Introduce flossing in their routine. Warn your teenagers that it is harmful to bite their lip and nails or even grind voluntarily their teeth. If they chew gum, make sure that it is sugar free. Chewing gum can help releasing stress but keep in mind that it may cause jaw joint problems if the pressure becomes excessive. Teenagers should also undergo an exam to assess the progression of their wisdom teeth.

Adults

Maintaining good hygiene habits can sometimes seem incompatible with our busy everyday life but it is well worth the effort. Avoiding tobacco should be a priority because smoking is detrimental to your oral health. Pay attention to changes in your mouth. If you are concerned, do not hesitate to visit your dentist. It is cheaper to fix a problem while it is still small!

Seniors

Keep up the good dental hygiene habits you already have. Watch for signs of receding gums because we lose a certain amount of bone and tissue as we are aging. The roots can therefore be exposed, causing increased sensitivity of the teeth. Dental check-ups remain important, especially for those with full or partial dentures which may require changes or adjustments. Inadequate dentures can cause injuries that create pain when chewing.

Ask a question or leave a comment

Votre adresse de messagerie et votre téléphone ne seront pas publiés. Les champs obligatoires sont indiqués avec un astérisque (*).