23 May Oral health
Oral health is closely linked to the proper functioning of the teeth and gums, but it is also directly related to our overall health and well-being.
A few tips:
Start dental care early and brush baby teeth with a fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first teeth appear.
Do not get used to your children, before falling asleep, drinking milk, fruit juice or a bottle-fed drink. These sugary fluids remain long on the surface of the teeth and can lead to the “tooth decay of the bottle”.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste.
And if possible, clean your teeth with dental floss or toothpick once a day. Do not eat in the evening after brushing your teeth, as the saliva flow decreases during sleep.
Visit your dentist about every 6 months for a check-up.
And consult your dentist before resorting to cosmetic products (e.g., whitening agents), which can damage teeth.
Do not nibble or drink at any time.
Between meals, allow time for saliva to neutralize acidity and repair teeth.
Persons at high risk of abrasion and dental erosion should take special precautions such as:
- reduce frequency and contact with acidic foods and beverages
- Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods, drinks, citrus fruits and fruit juices. This period of time allows the re-mineralization to take place.
- use fluoride mouthwashes and sugar-free chewing gums, which are effective in counteracting the acidity of a meal and stimulating re-mineralization.
Sugar-free chewing gums are the “friends” of teeth.
They increase the saliva flow and promote the elimination of food debris from the mouth.
Caution: Chewing gum is not recommended if you are wearing an orthodontic appliance or certain types of prosthesis.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day
Chewing gums increase saliva flow and promote the elimination of food debris