About oral hygiene:
Oral hygiene is essential for your overall well-being. Bacterias and inflammation from the gums spread to the rest of the body and can cause illness and weaken the immune system. Insufficient oral hygiene can cause of gingivitis, tooth decay (caries) and the loss of teeth (periodontosis).
Good oral hygiene is ensured by regularly removing bacteria (plaque). The mouth contains many different types of bacteria, some of which are necessary to taste and digest our food, while others are harmful as they can develop into various diseases in the mouth.
With regardards to removing bacteria, it applies only to the harmfull bacterias that accumulate on the teeth, gums, mucous membranes and tongue. Removal of the good bacterias, which certain substances can cause should be minimized. Please consult your doctor or dentist.
To the right you can read how to best ensure a healthy mouth.
Toothbrush: It is individually which toothbrush works the best for you: a regular toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. The important thing is that the toothbrush is soft and has many close-fitting bristles. If the toothbrush is too hard, it can cause soreness of the gums and cause the gums to recede and the teeth to get abrasive. The head of the toothbrush should not be too large, as it should be able to reach all the way to the rear teeth. Toothbrushing should be done twice times daily to remove bacteria on the surfaces of the teeth.
Toothpaste: A good toothpaste should contain fluoride. Fluoride prevents the development of caries. It is recommended to use a toothpaste with a fluoride content of 1450ppm – also for children. The amount of toothpaste for children should correspond to the size smaller than a pea. If you have delicate oral mucosa and tend to have blisters in your mouth, it is a good idea to avoid toothpaste containing the substance Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a foaming agent which makes the toothpaste foam, but it does not provide cleaner teeth.
Dental floss: Dental floss is necessary to remove bacteria (plaque) between the teeth – where the toothbrush cannot enter. A good floss should be easy to use. If you have teeth that sit tight, using a flat thread can be recommended.