Have you ever wondered why some people have a very nice smile,
while others try but never reach the same result?
The secret of a beautiful smile lies in a few simple steps that anyone can follow.
Did you know that you should brush your teeth for 3 minutes?
Most people do it for less than 30 seconds.
Why is it so important to brush for so long?
It's all about the plaque. Billions of bacteria live and multiply in the mouth. They feed on food scraps left on dental surfaces after dining. Acids are then produced as a result of the bacterial digestion. The pH of the resulting acid destroys tooth enamel slowly, causing cavities.
For the brushing to also have a microbicide effect other than the plaque removal one, the fluoride in the toothpaste must have contact with the tooth surfaces for at least 3 minutes.
You've probably heard that we should use dental floss once a day, but did anybody tell you why?
It is also related to the plaque. Bacteria like to hide between the teeth to escape brushing. There they continue to feed on food scraps, resulting in further acids that attack tooth enamel. Even worse, if left undisturbed for a long time, they begin to invade and destroy the gum and the periodontal tissue that hold the teeth.
That causes gum disease (gingivitis) and later periodontal disease (chronic marginal periodontitis). Using dental floss removes interdental plaque so it doesn't cause problems. It is indicated to floss before brushing, not after.
Mouthwash used after every brushing, kills the extra plaque that could not be removed.
Believe it or not, nearly two in three people destroy their own teeth by brushing too hard or by using incorrect brushing techniques!
It takes only some gentle pressure to remove plaque and food debris, if using a proper brushing technique. The vertical movements of the toothbrush are the correct ones to be used and not the horizontal ones that lead to nothing but the retraction of the gums and the formation of root cavities and also help plaque to gather between the teeth.
Did you know that many other foods, not only sweets can help in the formation of tooth caries?
Bacteria feed on the sugar in them resulting cariogenic acids. But it's not only sweets that feed the bacteria and create acid but also other foods containing sugar and carbohydrates. That includes fruits, snacks, chips, crackers, popcorn and carbonated soft drinks (Cola). Other harmful food includes grapes, peanut butter, chocolate, foods that stick to your teeth and become a constant source of energy for the plaque.
What can you do to protect from tooth decay?
Brushing after meals helps remove food debris and plaque formation. If you can not brush, try to drink liquids to wash your teeth and reduce the amount of food remaining on their surfaces.
Chewing sugarless gum also protects and stimulates salivary secretion, which helps remove plaque through natural mechanisms.
Coffee is one of the most dangerous enemies of your smile. Coffee stains on your teeth destroy you smile every day. Eveen worse, because many drink sweet coffee during the day, the bacteria are supplied with a constant source of sugar that result in cariogenic acids.
Coffee may also cause small enamel fractures that increase the risk of chipping your teeth. These microfractures are the effect of daily consumption of hot liquids that force the enamel to expand and contract rapidly as a result of big temperature differences.
Cosmetic dentistry (dental aesthetics) is the one that can solve the problems of discolored teeth. Learn more by clicking on Cosmetic dentistry.
Last updated: June 14th, 2015