ORAL HYGIENE - How to practice it correctly

  • How does poor oral hygiene affect your overall health?
  • Are you brushing your teeth regularly and there is still no real result?
  • Don’t you find yourself in a huge number of different oral hygiene accessories and have already spent a lot of money on products that don’t suit you at all?
We present the field of oral hygiene, its impact on health, and how oral hygiene is performed correctly.

How does oral hygiene affect our health?

For most people, oral diseases are something completely separate from other diseases and conditions in the body, however, oral health is inextricably linked to general health. Oral diseases have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life and daily functioning. . The connection between oral and general health goes both ways. Some systemic diseases first manifest their symptoms in the oral cavity. The reverse is also true, as the health of the oral cavity also affects some other disease states. The health of periodontal tissues is the area where the connection between oral and general health is the most studied, especially in the area of ​​cardiovascular diseases, complications during pregnancy and some metabolic disorders. Caring for the health of periodontal tissues and oral hygiene is particularly important in patients with diabetes, as their periodontal tissues are more sensitive to the development of inflammation. In addition to regular tooth brushing, chronic patients must also pay attention to regular dental examinations. This contributes to the timely detection of possible oral diseases and, at the same time, to better management of their primary chronic disease. Proper oral hygiene and, as a result, oral health prevent the occurrence of diseases in the oral cavity, which can also lead to tooth loss. The loss of several teeth has a negative impact on the quality of life and on the self-image of the individual. Otherwise, lost teeth can be replaced with various dental procedures (bridges, prostheses, implants). However, it is necessary to be aware that no replacement can completely replace natural teeth, so we advise preventive attention to appropriate oral hygiene and oral health. Scientists have found a link between certain bacteria in the mouth and a whole range of serious diseases. Millions of bacteria live in our mouths, some are good and beneficial, while others are bad and harmful.

Inadequate oral hygiene and bad bacteria in the mouth cause the following problems and diseases:

  • Caries – Caries represents one of the most widespread chronic diseases. Bacteria present in dental plaque break down sugars from food into acids. These acids dissolve the tooth surface and the development of caries begins. The disease progresses gradually and leads to inflammation of the dental pulp and, in the final stage, can also lead to tooth loss. According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the intake of free sugars (sugars added during processing and production, as well as sugars in fruit juices, fruit juice concentrates and honey) should be limited to 10% (50 g), even more ideally it should be limited to 5% (25 g) of total energy intake.
  • Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) – There is a small periodontal pocket around each tooth, where bacteria proliferate excessively due to poor oral hygiene. Due to an excessive amount of bacteria, the body’s defense ability is destroyed and inflammation of the gums occurs, which is called gingivitis. Gingivitis can appear very quickly, even after a few days of neglecting oral hygiene.
  • Periodontal disease – a disease that is also associated with the presence of dental plaque. Bacteria in the plaques near the neck of the tooth cause inflammation of the periodontal tissues, and over time these plaques harden/mineralize (tartar is formed), which makes it even more difficult to effectively remove the soft plaques and leads to the progression of the disease. Inflamed gums are thickened, red and bleed when touched. The disease progresses gradually, the bone begins to dissolve and the tissues that attach the tooth to the bone begin to decay. The teeth become loose, the disease progresses gradually, which eventually leads to tooth loss. In addition to inadequate oral hygiene, periodontal disease is associated with smoking. Smoking, together with alcohol consumption, is an important risk factor for oral cancer.
Bad bacteria can pass into the blood and in this way be transported to distant organs. There, according to the latest research, they can provoke serious diseases such as:
  • rheumatoid arthritis,
  • heart diseases,
  • pneumonia,
  • hepatitis,
  • Alzheimer’s disease and
  • throat cancer.

How can we fight against bad bacteria?

  • Brushes
  • Interdental brushes
  • Threads
  • Mouthwash
  • Toothpastes, etc.
We have all the latest appliances available, and we are also happy to advise you on the right oral hygiene for you.
Individual advice on oral hygiene is carried out by our certified dentists in cooperation with CURAPROX, a world-renowned Swiss manufacturer of oral hygiene products.

Counselling on oral hygiene includes:

  • conversation with the patient and dental examination,
  • determining the oral areas that are critical for the correct implementation of hygiene,
  • determining appropriate hygiene aids,
  • demonstration and training in the use of selected tools,
  • monitoring the improvement of the cleaning technique – a control check in ten days and then again in one month.
Every participant of the iTOP consultation has at their disposal the best quality CURAPROX hygiene aids!

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