How to brush our teeth correctly?

We must brush our teeth after each main meal, that is, after breakfast, lunch and dinner. In case of not being able to perform any of the brushings, the most important is the one after dinner, since the food remains would remain in the teeth until the next day, a fact that favors that the bacteria that accumulate affect the enamel.

Brushing also includes tongue cleaning, which accumulates significant amounts of bacteria. To clean it, we will gently rub it with a soft bristle brush or with a special lingual cleanser for it. The cleaning between the teeth will be done with a floss or dental floss.

The cleaning or brushing of the teeth is carried out with a toothbrush. You must have a small rounded head to easily reach all the teeth. Its filaments have to be soft and rounded tips to avoid injury to the gums. They usually last three months.

Toothpaste or toothpaste helps to leave us feeling more clean. They come in the form of paste or gels more or less liquid. There are different models of toothpaste on the market, each with special characteristics depending on its composition (with bleach, different amounts of fluoride, antibacterial, for sensitive gums, etc.)

Remember that fluoride toothpastes are indicated from 4-5 years of age. The duration of brushing should be at least three minutes and time must be devoted to the inner and lateral side of the teeth, not only to the external or "visible" face.

After brushing a mouthwash can be used to complete the treatment. It is important to go to the dentist twice a year to assess dental health and prevent the possible appearance of gum and tooth decay problems.

Dr. Joseph Perez. Clinical Hospital of Z Rehab Center

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