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Steps for proper oral hygiene

It is always essential to have a qualified dentist who knows how to guide each patient in terms of oral hygiene, according to their needs, not all patients require the same hygiene indications, because let’s remember that each mouth is different.

For healthy patients it is advisable to always use fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle brush to avoid damaging the gums, remember the importance of flossing and dedicate two minutes to brushing, which is the ideal time to leave a clean mouth. For patients with fixed prosthesis (crowns)In this case, it is advisable to use a medium or soft cream toothbrush and special dental floss. ORAL B dental floss superfluousThis one has all the features to facilitate the cleaning of crowns stationary devices for orthodontics and hard-to-reach interdental spaces, for these patients it is also highly recommended to use the waterpik being another very effective option for patients with fixed prostheses. In all patients it is essential to use a good brushing technique since the position of the bristles of the toothbrush makes the removal of bacterial plaque optimal.

Oral hygiene in childrenIt is vital to generate in them the notice of brushing, it can be stimulated from an early age with a wet gauze or with a thimble with very soft bristles in order to keep their gum clean and that when he/she starts brushing, he/she already has the habit and it is not unknown to him/her, it is recommended to use fluoride-free cream at early ages.

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Start with the outer and inner surfaces, and brush at a 45-degree angle with short, sweeping strokes, i.e., top to bottom and bottom to top, half the width of the teeth, against the tooth line. gums. Be sure to reach the posterior teeth.

Step 2: Continue with the chewing surfaces. Hold the brush flat and brush back and forth along these surfaces in a sweeping motion.

Step 3: Once you reach the inner surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make gentle up-and-down strokes with the tip of the brush.

Step 4: Be sure to brush gently along the gum line in order to remove plaque that is deposited under the gingival sulcus.

Step 5: Brush your tongue and gums in a back-and-forth sweeping motion to remove food particles and help eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath to freshen your mouth.

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Dra. Martha Vargas

Con mas de 20 años de experiencia en el campo de la odontología, es una de las pioneras en la técnica de Implantología Estratégica de Carga Inmediata en Colombia. Manejo de tratamientos bajo sedación para pacientes nerviosos. Miembro de la Asociación Colombiana de Periodoncia, se caracteriza por el amor a su trabajo y la calidad humana con quienes le rodean.


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