Tartar, cavities, gingivitis… problems to be treated, but above all to be prevented through good oral hygiene.
Oral health is an important element of overall health. Teeth and gums are essential for eating, chewing, talking, etc. Moreover, a healthy smile contributes to a pleasing appearance and promotes self-esteem. Providing appropriate oral care helps to maintain dental and gum health for as long as possible.
Plaque and tartar
Plaque is an invisible film of food debris and bacteria that builds up on your teeth every day. It cannot be removed simply by rinsing your mouth with water. Over time, plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Only a dentist can remove tartar with a professional cleaning. Plaque is the leading cause of cavities and gum disease, like gingivitis. Brushing and flossing are two basic solutions to remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up.
A cavity forms as a result of the combined action of several factors, including diet, oral acidity, tooth composition, heredity, and dental plaque. The bacteria present in plaque are mainly responsible for the formation of cavities. Undetected and untreated, cavities can progress and eventually cause symptoms and complications. A dental examination is the best way to detect cavities.
Gingivitis is a minor inflammation of the gums caused by plaque build-up. Signs of gingivitis may include bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, red or swollen gums, and bad breath. If gingivitis is not treated properly, it can lead to more serious problems. Some antiseptic mouthwashes can prevent the occurrence or progression of gingivitis.
To protect your oral health…
…and prevent cavities, tartar, and gingivitis, follow the advice below:
- Brush your teeth and tongue at least twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing sodium fluoride.
- Floss daily. It helps remove plaque that brushing alone cannot remove in hard-to-reach areas.
- Eat a healthy diet. Avoid sugar; it is the worst enemy of dental health.
- Avoid smoking, which not only causes bad breath and affects the appearance of your teeth, but can also cause oral disease.
- Examine your mouth regularly for any potential problems (bleeding, bad breath, gum damage or unusual appearance, etc.). Report any abnormalities to your dentist.
- Visit your dentist regularly.
There are many items and products available at the pharmacy to help you take care of your oral health. Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about them.