Tips for Preventing Gum Problems

Tips for Preventing Gum Problems

Prevent and protect

Inflammation of the gums is caused due to the build-up of plaque. Properly controlling the cause by removing and helping inhibit plaque build-up, and not just addressing the inflammation symptoms, will give you the best protection.

Thorough cleaning is important

Thorough cleaning is important

Brushing your teeth twice a day, daily cleaning of all interdental spaces and rinsing will help prevent plaque build-up and help reduce the overall germ presence in the mouth.

Anti-germ toothpastes and mouthwash solutions can supplement manual cleaning. Regular visits to the dentist and professional dental hygienist are also important.

How should you use dental floss?

At least once a day, ideally before going to bed. Through the use of dental floss, you are able to access the hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush can't get to.

Correct length

Correct length

Dental floss should have a length of nearly 50cm.

Clean your upper jaw

Clean your upper jaw

Wind the dental floss around your middle finger and stretch it over your thumb so you have 2 cm for cleaning.

Clean your lower jaw

Clean your lower jaw

Wind the dental floss around your middle finger and stretch it over your index finger, then clean your lower jaw.

The correct brushing technique

At least twice a day, in the morning and the evening. Select a toothbrush in accordance to the morphology of your gums. Ask your dentist’s advice.

Cleaning of the outer surfaces

Cleaning of the outer surfaces

Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.
Gently brush the surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Cleaning of the inner surfaces

Cleaning of the inner surfaces

Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth.
Gently brush the surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.

Finally: Cleaning of the chewing surfaces

Finally: Cleaning of the chewing surfaces

Gently brush the surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes
And don't forget to clean your tongue.

Regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist

Dentists and dental hygienists can identify the first signs of gum problems. The causes, such as plaque and calculus, are also detected and removed at regular dental check-ups or as part of professional dental hygiene procedure.

The professional dental hygiene procedure includes polishing of the tooth surfaces using special pastes and polishing cups. This prevents plaque from adhering so quickly.

Regular visits to the dentist and dental hygienist