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How to take care of your teeth and gums?

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18 Jan 2019
Comment prendre soin de ses dents et sa gencive?

In addition to the aesthetic aspect, the teeth have an important functional role: they cut and grind all the food we consume.  It is the first step of digestion.
Preserving your teeth and taking care of your gums go together. Protecting your teeth begins very early, from an early age and continues throughout your life. A beautiful smile with bright teeth automatically indicates healthy gums.

To keep teeth intact and healthy gums you must have good oral hygiene and follow some instructions. If necessary, it is imperative to immediately consult your dentist at the first sight of pain, hypersensitivity, bleeding, etc. before the condition worsens.

Oral hygiene

Foods chewed in the mouth leave a deposit, called dental plaque, that is located on the surface and between the teeth, between the teeth and the gum. This dental plaque accumulates bacteria. To prevent the formation of this plaque, brush your teeth 2 to 3 times a day after meals. It is advisable to do it with a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste.
Brushing should last between 2 and 3 minutes and should be done from the root of the teeth outwards and with rotary movements to brush teeth and gums. It must cover all teeth and both sides.
Daily use of dental floss is also indicated to remove residue and plaque.

Consult your dentist regularly

Your dentist is your health partner. As soon as you feel a sensitivity or pressure in your gums, toothache or you notice bleeding, consult your dentist, he is qualified to diagnose your condition and treat it before it gets worse.

Dental plaque cause cavities. They are responsible for gingivitis (inflammation of the gums). Poorly or untreated gingivitis evolves into periodontitis. It is the alteration of the tissues that support the teeth. This serious and advanced state will cause tooth loss. For this reason, regular consultations with the dentist prevent gingival dentistry that is often irreversible.
Regular consultation can prevent all gingivo-periodontal problems. Your dentist can suggest scaling every 6 months to avoid all these complications.
Tell your dentist if you have a health problem or are undergoing medical treatment.

More precautions for your teeth and gum

Adopt good food hygiene, avoid fatty foods, sodas and sugars. These are transformed by the bacteria in the mouth into acids that attack the tooth enamel and cause cavities. Eat more fruits and vegetables and opt for flour and whole wheat foods.
Your dentist will advise you which type of toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste are best for your teeth and gums. Change toothbrushes every 2 to 3 months.
Avoid cigarettes and anything similar containing tobacco which is the main cause of gum problems.