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HOW TO CLEAN A DENTURE?

Why is necessary to clean dentures?

In order to maintain a healthy mouth is necessary, to take care of dental prosthetic replacements, because they accumulate dental plaque even more than natural teeth. Every evening and after meals dentures are needed to be thoroughly cleaned. Teeth that anchor partial dentures can also develop dental caries and periodontal disease if they are not cleaned properly. Cleaning of dentures removes stains, dental plaque and prevents bad odor. Accumulated bacteria can lead to irritation and inflammation of mucosa under the denture. With good dental hygiene we can prolong life of the dental materials and teeth. Wearing of clean dentures also improves general well-being. Read more

ORAL IRRIGATOR

Is oral irrigator obligatory?

Like a mouthwash, also oral irrigator represents an addition to basic oral hygiene, which consists of toothbrush, dental floss and interdental brushes. Oral irrigator does not replace brushing and flossing, because it can rinse away only bigger food residues and also dental plaque is not removed sufficiently. Dental plaque is securely attached on teeth in a form of biofilm, which can be completely removed only mechanically, that is by brushing. As an additional aid it is welcome, as it means additional effort to maintaining the cleanliness of teeth. Read more

SINGLE TUFTED TOOTHBRUSH

When should we use single tufted toothbrush?

Single tufted toothbrush is a special brush that can be used for various conditions, such as:
  1. crowded teeth,
  2. last tooth in dental arch which is not reachable with an ordinary toothbrush,
  3. rotated teeth,
  4. tooth surfaces near large gaps,
  5. partially erupted teeth,
  6. exposed tooth roots
  7. around dental implants,
  8. around the gums, etc.
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MOUTHWASH

Is mouthwash enough?

Using mouthwash is complementary care and does not replace brushing. Mouthwashes are effective only on the principle of a chemical cleaning of the oral cavity, which is not sufficient. Toothbrushing and flossing is necessary for healthy oral cavity, because only mechanical way of removing dental plaque is enough sufficient.
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TOOTHPASTE

Is toothpaste a must?

Toothpaste is actually just an addition to a toothbrush. Teeth can be clean even, if we use just a toothbrush and water. On toothpaste packages we can read about anticariogenic and whitening actions, tartar control, fresh breath, etc. But is it true?

Basic toothpaste function is, that it helps to clean your teeth with a help of a small abrasive particles, which remove dental plaque from the surfaces of teeth. The fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth enamel and menthol can help to fight against bad breath. Those are basically all the benefits that toothpaste has. Therefore, toothpaste is not a must, but we are so accustomed to it, we basically can not imagine oral hygiene without it anymore.

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POWER TOOTHBRUSHES

Who can use power toothbrush?

Power toothbrush can remove more plaque than ordinary toothbrush, especially if you are using your manual toothbrush sloppy. The fact is that the power toothbrush is better for those who are less motivated in performing good oral hygiene, because power toothbrushes do most of the work by themselves. Manual toothbrush is guided with hands, so you need to perform different movements in order to achieve proper cleaning effect, while power toothbrush can only be guided on surface of the teeth. Smaller toothbrush head will reach all tooth surfaces easier. With the manual toothbrush you can still properly and adequately perform oral hygiene, it only takes more time and effort. Read more

INTERDENTAL BRUSHES

Is it really necessary to use interdental brushes?

With normal toothbrush you can clean well only some areas of the tooth, but if you want to remove dental plaque also from interdental spaces, you can do it only with help of interdental brushes or dental floss. Interdental brushes are designed to optimally fill in the interdental space and mechanically remove dental plaque. Interdental spaces are sometimes kidney-shaped so only interdental brushes can reach those areas, even dental floss can’t. Read more

STIFFENED-END DENTAL FLOSS

Why to use a stiffened-end dental floss?

People with implants, fixed prosthetics (bridges, crowns) or orthodontic braces should use a special floss with thickened cleaning sponge and stiffened end (eg. Superfloss, …). Dental floss is pushed under the bridge at one side with a stiff end and pulled along the bridge along the entire gum line. The area under the bridge should be thoroughly cleaned, as this is where dental plaque and food most accumulate. With classical dental floss and toothbrush this area can not be cleaned properly.
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TOOTHBRUSHING TECHNIQUE

How to brush your teeth?

Teeth need to be cleaned systematically in same order every day. In this way, you won’t forget to clean any tooth. It is important that you carefully remove dental plaque from all tooth surfaces, especially pay attention to chewing surfaces and surfaces near the gum line. Read more

DENTAL FLOSS

Why is dental floss important?

Did dentist recommend you that you have to floss your teeth every day? It sounds easy enough, right? Everything is fine until you get to the store and find yourself staring at dozens of different types of dental flosses. Before you close your eyes and randomly choose one, read which one is really right for you. Understanding why flossing is essential for the health of your teeth can be helpful in motivating yourself. No matter how carefully we brush, we can find forming cavity, because of the narrow spaces between our teeth, that are difficult or impossible to reach only with bristles of a toothbrush. Read more

HOW TO CARE FOR A TOOTHBRUSH?

How to care for a toothbrush?

The oral cavity has a lot of different oral bacteria. Some of these bacteria can be transferred on to a toothbrush. It is also possible that the bacteria from the environment, in which toothbrush is stored, are transferred to the bristles. Some bacteria can stuck even on a new toothbrush as they are not sold in a sterile packaging. Read more