Here are 16 opinions, activities and toothbrushing how-tos believed to have impacts on the condition of the teeth and mouth. Most is proven as a fact that must be followed; some of them turn out to be myths that should not.
1. The ideal frequency of toothbrushing is twice a day. More than that is not effective.
It is actually not about the frequency, but more important, the time to brushing: morning after breakfast and night before bed. It is ideally after every meal if you want a plus, especially after eating sweet, sticky food.
2. Excessive toothbrushing is damaging. The ideal time is two minutes. Brushing your teeth more than two minutes may increase the risk of oral health problems.
The best thing is to brush your teeth thoroughly, enough with light pressure. The entire surface is brushed not in a hurry. The duration is approximately two minutes.
3. Brushing teeth after waking up does not give any effect except fresh taste in the mouth.
The purpose of brushing is to help remove plaque or colony of germs causing cavities or bleeding gums, apart from the fresh taste that appears after. It also helps strengthen enamel if you use a fluoride toothpaste, so it is not easily damaged.
Once again, timeliness in toothbrushing is important as the answer at point 1.
4. The surfaces of the front and side teeth and molars are areas more important than other parts.
All tooth surfaces are equally important, including the gums and tongue.
5. Toothbrushing only cleans 35 percent of the mouth.
The percentage of effectiveness in brushing teeth is highly dependent on the accuracy, especially to the parts that are difficult to reach.
6. Correct brushing motion is back and forth for molars, and up and down for front and side teeth. Replace it with a circular motion if it is difficult to brush up and down.
Rotating combined with back and forth is quite effective. It is important to reach all surfaces of the teeth.
7. Heavy smokers' teeth are usually yellowish or brownish. In addition to brushing, undesirable color could be eliminated if you are diligent to tea mulberry.
There is no scientific evidence. The stain coming from outside is effectively reduced with tartar cleaning and polishing done professionally at the dentist.
8. Miswak minus toothpaste is still potent to be used as cleaning teeth, so it is no need to buy a toothbrush.
Traditionally used in the Middle East, miswak twig can indeed help clean the teeth because of the fiber, but it could not be effectively on the very narrow surfaces.
9. Be careful. Using dental floss too often can make the teeth loose and damage the gum tissue.
Dental floss will not make tenuous teeth. Dental floss is actually effective at removing plaque between teeth the brush cannot reach.
10. How to brush teeth correctly: a. The position of the head of the toothbrush forms an angle of 45 degrees in the border areas with the gums; b. Move gentle and rotating; c. Rub the surface of each upper and lower with bristle; d. Use only the toothbrush tip with light pressure; e. Clean upright the front inside up and down slowly through the line.
The trick is okay. Stay noticed a gap between two teeth, regions bordering the gum and chewing surfaces. Do not forget the back, inside teeth facing the rear.
11. Rough bristles will erode teeth. Long-term use may even erode tooth enamel.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush because the hard can indeed cause scours on the teeth. Also select a toothbrush according to your size.
12. Who says toothbrushing habits affect the other organs, especially associated with heart disease?
There is a correlation between periodontal disease, especially the chronic, with the heart. Tooth and gum infections increase the risk of systemic disorders in other organs.
13. Rubbing a lemon will make the teeth whiter but could damage the enamel.
It is not scientifically proven. If you want to have white teeth, the most you can do is brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Almost all marketed toothpastes contain fluorides today.
14. Rubbing the ice cubes on the hands of people having toothaches can reduce the pain by 50 percent. Wrap the ice cubes and rub on the hand between the thumb and forefinger. The sensation passes through the same pathways of the pain to the brain.
It is not proven. Drastic changes of temperature, too cold or hot, can clearly stimulate the pain and attack the tooth nerves in the case of tooth cavity or abscess.
15. Do not brush your teeth after drinking cola and juice. A high acid content in the two drinks can lead to damage tooth enamel.
Fluoride in toothpaste can cause remineralization and together help neutralize acidity in the mouth. Fluoride also strengthens the enamel.
16. Keep a toothbrush in a closed cabinet. Its use must be careful because there are 3.2 million microbes in 6.5 square centimeters of water closet. Do not let bacteria spray a toothbrush.
Wherever, toothbrush must always be washed and stored in a dry state, covered and protected from contamination.
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