Healthy teeth throughout life
You have a lot to gain from giving your teeth a few minutes of attention every day. Research shows that oral health also affects your overall health. Take care of your smile, and chances are good that you can keep your teeth for life.
Healthy gums and teeth
Healthy gums are light pink with a stippled surface, and fit firmly around each tooth. There is no bleeding when you brush or clean between your teeth.
It is important to brush each morning and evening. You should also attend regular checkups at your dental practice.
Simple tips for a healthy mouth
- Brush your teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean between your teeth once a day.
- Avoid snacking, and drink water when thirsty.
Whenever you eat, and when you drink sweet or acidic drinks, bacteria will form acids that corrode the tooth enamel. Saliva neutralises these acids and protects your teeth to some extent, but frequent acid attacks do not give them time to recover. The enamel begins to dissolve, which gradually leads to cavities (caries).
Cavities often form where it is difficult to clean properly, for example, between the teeth. It does not necessarily hurt. If you clean carefully, use fluoride toothpaste and avoid snacking, small cavities can heal. Give your teeth time to rest between meals.
If bacteria is not removed from the gum line, a sticky film – plaque – will begin to form. Plaque can cause gum inflammation (gingivitis). Redness, swelling and bleeding are signs of gingivitis. Without treatment, the inflammation can spread and affect the jawbone, meaning that the gingivitis develops into periodontitis (tooth loss).
Brushing your teeth
Daily toothbrushing removes bacteria from your teeth. Brush the inside, outside and biting surface, and make sure that you clean along the gum line.
Choose a toothbrush with soft or extra soft filaments for gentle cleaning. A tapered brush head makes it easier to reach the back teeth. Replace your toothbrush at least every three months or when the filaments are worn to get the most out of your cleaning.
- TePe Select™ is available with brush heads in different sizes.
- TePe Supreme™ has filaments in two levels to reach further in between teeth.
- TePe Nova has an easy-reach tip for increased access.
For better access, you can bend the toothbrush neck. Heat it in hot water, bend and cool in cold water.
Tips for efficient toothbrushing
- Brush with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes, twice a day.
- Hold the toothbrush at an angle of 45° against the gum line. Brush with small movements and light pressure. Brush all tooth surfaces.
- Avoid eating or drinking for two hours after brushing to make the most effective use of the fluoride’s caries preventing effect.
- Change brushes regularly.
Clean between your teeth
Did you know that the toothbrush only reaches three of a tooth’s five surfaces? It does not reach in between your teeth, where bacteria accumulate. This is why caries and gum inflammation often start to develop between the teeth.
Cleaning between your teeth is just as important as using a toothbrush. Use dental floss, dental sticks or an interdental brush on a daily basis. Your dental hygienist or dentist can advise you on products and techniques.
If your gums start to bleed while you clean them, this may be a sign of inflammation. Keep on cleaning and the bleeding will probably stop after a few days. Otherwise, contact your dental clinic.
Tips for efficient interdental cleaning
- Clean between your teeth once a day, preferably in the evening.
- Choose the product that suits you best.
TePe offers various interdental brushes: Original with a short handle in nine sizes; Angle with a long handle and angled head; and extra soft with especially gentle filaments.
It is important to select the correct size. You should never force the brush in between your teeth. You may need more than one brush size as the spaces between your teeth vary in size.
Use a straight brush between your front teeth. Move it back and forth a few times in each space.
Bend the brush for improved access between the back teeth. Do not re-straighten a curved brush.