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Dental care right from the start
To keep your teeth healthy, it is very important that the dangerous plaque coating does not adhere to the surface of the tooth. Dental care should begin after the first milk tooth has erupted.
The baby teeth are brushed with a children's toothbrush with the help of their parents.
As soon as a child can rinse, usually from the age of 4, the teeth should be cleaned regularly with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
After the eruption of the permanent teeth between the ages of 6 and 12, care must be taken to ensure that no plaque builds up on the relatively young tooth structure.
Deciduous teeth affected by caries are also a great danger to permanent teeth!
If the permanent teeth are to continue to perform their functions of chewing and speaking for 60 to 70 years, they must be carefully cared for.
It is best to clean your teeth after every meal, but especially after breakfast and before going to bed.
- With a medium-hard toothbrush, which should never be used for longer than 3 months, a fluoride-containing toothpaste is applied to all tooth surfaces and brushed in.
- The right cleaning technique with illustrations.
- For at least 2 minutes. So much time has to be!
- The areas between the teeth can be cleaned very easily with dental floss. Your dentist can recommend other ways of keeping your teeth healthy. Ask him!
What can you do at home?
To prevent tooth decay, you can take fluoride in various ways. We all know fluoride from brushing our teeth every day. Toothpastes containing fluoride contain fluoride in a concentration of 0.1% - 0.15%.
Using toothpastes containing fluoride can demonstrably reduce the increase in caries by 20% - 40%. Fluorides come in different compositions in toothpastes. The common toothpastes contain sodium fluorophosphate, amine fluoride or sodium fluoride.
Gels containing fluoride were developed to increase the effect of fluoride on the tooth.
The individual splint enables precise dosing of the fluoride-containing gel for single use per day.
The splint, coated with the gel, is placed over the teeth for a short time.
The effectiveness of gels, mouthwashes, and toothpastes varies. Your dentist will support you in choosing the most suitable product for you.
The pediatrician recommends fluoride preparations in tabular form, especially for babies. For the whole family, the fluoride intake can be increased by using fluoridated table salt. It has the advantage that you take it in regularly and that the fluoride content in the average amount of table salt used corresponds to our fluoride requirements.
If you want to take fluoride through tablets, mineral water or table salt, you should discuss this with your dentist. Correctly dosed, fluorides are an effective protection against caries.
10 golden rules for keeping your teeth healthy
- Careful oral hygiene with toothpaste containing fluoride (at least twice a day) is the basis of success. Correct toothbrushing technique is not learned by yourself, it has to be practiced systematically. Parents should brush their children's teeth at least until they reach school age. But young people and adults also need individual guidance. In addition to the appropriate toothbrush, which must be replaced regularly, it is advisable from adolescence to use other aids (e.g. dental floss and / or interdental brushes) in order to reach niches that are difficult to access. In the evening after brushing your teeth, sugary drinks or foods should not be consumed.
- Up to the age of 2, newborns should receive a combination of fluoride and vitamin D in tablet form as a combined caries-rickets prophylaxis, provided they do not receive any convenience food that contains fluoride or has been prepared with fluoride-containing mineral water.
- From the age of 3 onwards, regular lifelong caries prophylaxis with fluorides should be carried out through the consistent use of fluoridated iodized salt, if no other systemic fluoridation measures (e.g. tablet fluoridation) are carried out.
- After their first teeth have erupted, small children should also undergo dental examinations as part of early detection examinations. The recommended behaviors or measures should take into account the individual risk of the disease.
- From school age onwards, the weekly evening use of fluoride jelly is highly recommended, especially for children and adolescents with an increased risk of tooth decay.
- In children and adolescents, deep fissures and pits, preferably of the permanent molars, should be protected from caries by sealing (fissure sealing).
- A balanced and varied diet is not only good for general health, but also for oral health. However, mistakes in diet put the teeth at risk. So it can be B. As early as infancy, continuous sucking of sugary liquids from teat bottles can lead to severe damage to the teeth. Certain eating habits such as: B. frequent consumption of sugary and / or acidic foods and drinks at short intervals is a heavy burden on the teeth. Frequent consumption of sugary foods over a longer period of time should therefore be avoided. The inappropriate use of food and luxury foods can also be dangerous for the teeth holding apparatus. B. Heavy smoking increases the risk of periodontal bone loss.
- Chewing vigorously while eating stimulates the flow of saliva, which reduces the risk of tooth decay. Chewing gum (sugar-free) can also stimulate salivation, which can result in e.g. B. should be considered if after eating snacks there is no possibility to brush your teeth.
- The frequency of visits to the dentist depends on the risk of illness. Children and adolescents should visit the dentist at least twice a year, adults at least once for a check-up. Damage recognized early can today, under favorable conditions, be reversed (remineralized), stopped in its spread or, if necessary, repaired in a very gentle way. Periodontal diseases can also be combated successfully in many cases if their causes (accumulation of bacterial deposits) are eliminated at an early stage by means of suitable measures.
- Children and adults of all ages benefit from prevention of tooth decay and periodontal diseases. In adults too, in addition to training programs to improve oral hygiene, risk-based local fluoridation and other treatments may be appropriate. This includes B. the targeted reduction of the number of germs that are harmful to oral health.
The Dental Association is the professional representation of all dentists in Bremen and Bremerhaven. All dentists in the state of Bremen are members of us. The chamber is a "corporation under public law", i. In other words, it is an institution established by the legislature that takes on state tasks. We are controlled by the Bremen supervisory authority. Our members are actively involved in the chamber's work. Our work is based on various laws and ordinances, the most important of which are: Medical Profession Act, Law on the Practice of Dentistry, X-ray Ordinance, Vocational Training Act.
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