space between the teeth
Dental Care

How to clean the space between the teeth?


Should I use mouthwash?

Fluoride mouthwashes help prevent cavities. Your dentist may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash to fight plaque and limit periodontal disease. If you use mouthwash regularly to keep your breath fresh, talk to your dentist. Indeed, bad breath can signal problems with teeth and gums or poor general health.

Does diet play a role?

Many people believe that a diet high in sugars promotes cavities. It’s wrong. The problem is not so much the amount but the frequency with which you ingest sugar. The mouth takes almost an hour to eliminate the acid produced by the consumption of sugar. During this time, your teeth are under acid attack. Therefore, it is essential to limit the number of attacks by reserving the consumption of drinks and sugary foods with meals. Chewing sugar-free gum and drinking water after a meal or snack also lowers acidity levels in the mouth more quickly.

Sodas, fruit juices, energy drinks and wine are acidic beverages that can not only cause cavities but also tooth erosion . The latter is defined as the progressive wear of the enamel of the teeth caused by the acid contained in certain foods and certain drinks.

How to clean a dental prosthesis?

Cleaning your dentures is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Food particles can get stuck around the edges of your dentures and clasps. These foods start to rot if you don’t clean them properly.

Use a separate toothbrush for cleaning your dentures. As a general rule, you have to brush it, let it soak and then brush it again. Clean your dentures over a bowl of water in case they slip out of your hands. Brush it before soaking it to better remove food particles. Let it soak briefly in a special cleaning product and then brush it again. You should brush it the same way as if it were your natural teeth. Thoroughly clean all surfaces of your dentures, especially the one in contact with your gums. If you notice stains or a tartar deposit, have it cleaned by your dentist. Most dentists recommend using a small or medium head toothbrush.

What special needs to be done in case of dental implants?

Your dentist or oral surgeon will tell you how to take care of your implants after your operation. You absolutely must clean them regularly and carefully to avoid periodontal disease and possible infection. Follow the instructions of your dentist or dental surgeon.

Why consult a dentist regularly?

By consulting your dentist regularly, you limit care. Indeed, your practitioner is better able to detect a problem early, which facilitates treatment.

To finish

Your dental health depends on you. By following these simple tips, you will keep your mouth healthy and clean:

Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes before going to bed and at least once during the day.

  1. Use a small to medium head toothbrush.
  2. Use a toothbrush with tufts of medium to soft blunt nylon bristles.
  3. Consider using an electric toothbrush.
  4. Make small circular movements to clean your teeth.
  5. Change your toothbrush regularly and at least every 3 months.
  6. Perform daily interdental cleaning using interdental brushes or dental floss.
  7. Consume less sugary foods and beverages.
  8. Consult your dentist regularly, according to his recommendations.

Water flossers use a jet of water to dislodge plaque and food particles from all around the teeth. They are particularly useful if you wear braces or fixed bridges that are difficult to clean or if you have difficulty using interdental brushes or dental floss.


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