Prevention of diseases of the teeth and gums. Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Plaque, consisting of food debris and bacteria, begins to accumulate on the surface of the teeth within a short time after brushing. If not removed promptly, plaque can cause cavities, gingivitis, and tartar buildup.

Tartar is the result of the mineralization of plaque that has been on the teeth for a long time. Once tartar has formed, it is almost impossible to remove it with a brush and floss.

The main cause of gum inflammation is plaque bacteria, which can represent approximately one billion plaque in one gram. Signs of the disease are bleeding, swelling and soreness of the gums.

Good oral care and the right choice of hygiene products are the ingredients of success in the prevention and treatment of dental and gum disease. The basic tools of personal oral hygiene are toothbrushes, toothpaste, rinses, dental floss and brushes.

What should I look for when choosing a toothbrush?

People who have bleeding gums should use a soft toothbrush to avoid putting too much pressure on the gums and mucosa. We recommend the Curaprox Ultra Soft series of toothbrushes.

When should I replace my toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush along with your toothpaste about every 2-3 months. The fact is that the microorganisms living in the mouth adapt to the toothpaste we use all the time, so they need to alternate.

Signs of good toothpaste.

Our teeth have three main enemies.

Plaque, in which bacteria live and breed and use it to destroy teeth.

Carbohydrates, i.e., sugars, which not only are good food for bacteria but also help plaque to adhere more firmly to the surface of our teeth.

Lack of fluoride, which leads to insufficient mineralization of tooth enamel, is a major contributor to tooth decay. So we can conclude that a good toothpaste must be good at removing food debris and plaque, be sugar-free, and contain fluoride.

Most modern toothpastes are fluoride-containing and caries-preventive, but an individual choice should also consider the abrasion index (RDA), the absence of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS free) and additives. We recommend professional toothpastes with a low abrasion index (RDA), SLS free from manufacturers such as Edel+White, ApaCare, Blanx and CuraProx (Switzerland, Germany, Italy).

To prevent and treat gum inflammation, use toothpastes that contain antibacterial ingredients such as chlorhexidine, triclosan and metronidazole. We do not recommend the use of toothpastes containing the above antibacterials on a daily basis without a doctor’s prescription. These therapeutic toothpastes should be used periodically. If you use them for a long time, these substances disrupt the microflora of your mouth, killing not only harmful but also useful bacteria. The duration of their use is about 2-3 weeks. The repeated course, if necessary, is carried out after 5-6 weeks.

For the prevention of inflammatory gum disease and daily use is better to choose pastes, which include natural ingredients, such as tea tree oil – Tebodont, Dr. Wild (Switzerland).

Pay your attention to the fact that pathological processes in the gums can occur against the background of general diseases of the internal organs. In such cases, treatment should be aimed not only at the elimination of pathological processes in the periodontal tissues, but also at the treatment of the patient’s underlying disease.