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brushing your teeth

The goal of brushing is to effectively remove plaque and keep your mouth healthy. If you want to have the perfect brushing technique, you should contact us to arrange an appointment with the dental hygienist.


What brushing technique?  


We recommend brushing your teeth on small areas at a time, with small circular motions going from the gums to the teeth, from pink to white. Cleanse the gums, tongue and palate with the same care. Brushing should be gentle and methodical, emphasizing control over speed and force. Brushing too vigorously can damage the gum tissue, cause tooth sensitivity or lead to loosening of the teeth.

How many times a day ?

2 times a day, minimum 2 minutes. As dental plaque begins to form 4 to 12 hours after brushing, it is important to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. It should be noted that brushing 3 times a day is no longer recommended because in some cases generates premature wear of your teeth.  

What is "dental plaque"?

It is a deposit of bacteria, food residues and salivary proteins that attaches to the teeth of each of us, in the form of a whitish layer. When teeth are not brushed for hours and days, dental plaque is even visible to the naked eye. It is the entry point for all problems in the mouth: tartar, cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, bad breath, etc.


Manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush?

A bad toothbrush can damage the enamel and gum tissue.  


  • The manual toothbrush: ​​

    • Effective if well used.

    • Easy to transport when traveling, to the office, to the canteen ... 

    • It is important to change it every 2 or 3 months.

    • We recommend it for "sensitive" areas.

  • The electric toothbrush:

    • Thoroughly removes dental plaque more easily.

    • Limits the appearance of cavities or gingivitis.

    • Offers additional functions: timer, pressure sensor, choice between different heads and different brushing modes.

    • Choice between the tilt-and-turn model (small brush head that performs movements in one direction then the other) and the ultra-sonic model (brush head that looks like a manual toothbrush with a vibratory movement of the bristles ).

    • You have to change the tip of your electric toothbrush every 3 months.

Electric tooth brush

What type of hair to choose?

You should favor soft bristles, manual or electric. Medium and hard bristles prematurely wear away the enamel and gums and can cause dental sensitivity by exposing the dentin.

Which toothpaste to choose?

You should favor serious brands that have remineralizing properties and contain fluoride. We can advise you on the toothpaste that is best suited to you.

Should we use mouthwashes?

Every gesture of hygiene is welcome. Mouthwashes are useful to complement brushing. Be careful to differentiate between the “medication” mouthwashes that we can prescribe and the daily mouthwashes, which do not have the same purpose. We can advise you on which ones to use.

Should we use interdental brushes?

Interdental brushes are very useful in addition to brushing, especially when you wear a bridge, crowns or if you suffer from periodontitis if your teeth are spaced apart. Don't hesitate to ask us how to use them. If you don't have any particular problems, then dental floss is probably more suitable for narrow and difficult to access places. The water flosser can be used for finishing brushing and can give you an increased feeling of cleanliness.

During periodontal disease (gingivitis or periodontitis) , the brushing technique must be modified to carry out local care at home, this is part of the treatment.



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