The ABC of dental care
The key to pearly white teeth
Our expert – doctor Leonīds Veļkovičs (Dental health care centre „Brīvības, 103“. Tel.: 67379889, 29249165).
If you don’t take care of your health no one can do it for you – neither a doctor nor the most advanced modern technology to date. The accepted truth known to each kid – teeth should be brushed twice a day – is still true. This is the ABC of a healthy oral cavity. Despite the fact that the abundance and aggressiveness of advertising often causes an internal protest, what „Colgate” and „Blendamed” commercials say is true. The humanity has not yet invented anything better than toothpaste and dental floss for daily protection from caries. And it also applies to less widely known toothpaste brands, which in any case can only come in retail after a mandatory quality control. Like any other serious issue the choice of toothpaste should appreciate the power of human psyche. If you have been using “Lacalut” your whole life and you have fresh breath and pearly white teeth – go on using it. And yet dentists do recommend changing one’s toothpaste from time to time. Because using one and the same toothpaste for a long period of time can result in habituation, which will make the toothpaste less effective. Therefore, when you have used up all the toothpaste in your current toothpaste tube buy the next one from another manufacturer, try it out. The good news for gadget lovers is that brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush is allowed, even recommended. However, before implementing technological advancements in your bathroom, consult your dentist, who will tell you if your teeth enamel and gums are ready for such brushing twice a day. In any case follow the user guide provided with the respective device; if it says that brushing for more than two minutes at a time is not a good idea – don’t break records. You have consulted your dentist and started using an electric toothbrush but your gums started bleeding? If bleeding is only observed for two or three days – it’s alright. However, if the bleeding does not go away it is possible that you may have diagnosed yourself with gum disease or the initial stage of periodontitis – the most common teeth disease after caries. And gum bleeding is one of its first symptoms. If periodontitis is not allowed to develop unchecked and if early dental help is received it can be stopped painlessly – also for your budget. Don’t make the situation worse! If a problem has been identified – solve it at once! IN NEXT ISSUE: Why is professional dental cleaning necessary and why is it better do it before summer sets in?
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