Proper and regular oral hygiene is essential. Negligent oral hygiene can cause serious problems not only in the mouth but in the body as well. Teeth are constantly exposed to bacteria, the deposition of which is the cause of many dental problems.
The importance of removing plaque
Conscious oral hygiene can prevent plaque deposition on the surface of the teeth, and with frequent and regular tooth brushing we can remove food leftovers from the exterior of the teeth. In general, cleaning the grooves of small and molar teeth is more problematic.
In many cases, plaque built up on the surface of teeth is not visible, but today – with the help of tooth colour tablets widely available in pharmacies –deposits that cannot be seen by naked eye become easily detectable. Unfortunately these colour tablets are unable to make plaque beneath the gums visible, and this can cause inflammation. Several factors contribute to this, spanning the individual’s life style, health, hereditary qualities and dental care habits.
The unremoved plaque in the mouth can lead to gingivitis or tooth decay over time, which can result in periodontal gum disease. Gum disease usually means losing teeth. You can also develop tartar, which is plaque with hard consistency that can hardly be removed by tooth brushing. Particularly susceptible individuals include those with weakened immune systems, diabetics, smokers, people with metabolic disease or disabilities, pregnant women, people living under regular stress, and those who neglect oral hygiene.
Appropriate oral hygiene can be achieved by using a variety of useful devices. Even with careful brushing, the formation of tartar can only be removed by using floss, interdental brushes, or mouthwash.
Basic Regulations of Accurate Tooth Brushing:
- Tooth cleaning should take 2-3 minutes at least twice a day.
- Visiting a dentist is advised semi-annually, or in the case of complaints
- After each meal-if no tooth brushing is possible-sugar-free chewing gum is recommended
- dental floss, mouth wash, and using interdental brushes is advisable