Oral hygiene

In order to maintain optimal oral health (of the teeth, gums and mucosae), it is essential to perform proper hygiene procedures on a regular basis.

At the DENTestetica Dental Clinic, we adjust the prophylactic hygiene procedures to our patients’ age and health. There is a great variety of toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market, but their effectiveness is dependent on whether they are employed to their best advantage. Our primary objective is to select the proper medical and prophylactic measures that will meet the individual needs of each of our patients. For example, while it is not advisable for children to use stannous fluoride toothpaste, it is completely ineffective for children aged 6 or below to use toothpaste with amine fluoride contents not exceeding 500 ppm. It is equally important to recommend special types of toothpaste and mouthwash to patients suffering from gum disease (chronic periodontitis). Continuous incorrect application of toothpaste and medicinal (rather than prophylactic) mouthwash can lead to numerous side effects.

• Comprehensive prophylactic oral health care programmes tailored to our patients’ individual requirements
• Oral hygiene training using specially selected manual and electric toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouthwashes
• Information and instruction booklets meeting every patient’s individual needs

How should adults maintain oral hygiene?

An oral hygiene regimen should include brushing your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day (preferably following every meal) using a medium or soft toothbrush and proper toothpaste, as well as flossing and rinsing your teeth with specially selected mouthwash.

Correct tooth brushing techniques are best learnt during a visit to our clinic, where our team creates prophylactic oral health care programmes for each patient. During each dental check-up, occurring every 12 months (following a reminder sent by our personnel), your teeth are first examined by the dentist, then plaque and tartar are removed by the dental hygienist using ultrasound and sandblaster, and finally, you are given dental polishing and fluoride treatments. Once the hygienee procedures are completed, you are shown how to brush your teeth with both manual and electric toothbrushes, how to floss using dental floss and tape, as well as how to clean interdental areas using automatic oral irrigators and mini interdental toothbrushes.

A daily oral hygiene regimen should include:

1. Brushing your teeth and the dorsum – the top – of your tongue using a manual and/or electric toothbrush, with which the selection depends on the patient’s condition (age, presence of gum disease or lack thereof, presence of crowns and bridges or lack thereof)

2. Using suitable toothpaste (containing the correct concentration of fluoride to ensure the desired effect is achieved: sodium fluoride, stannous fluoride, amine fluoride and/or other medicinal or prophylactic substances, e.g. chlorhexidine or triclosan)

3. Using dental floss and/or tape

4. Using prophylactic mouthwash
(e.g. containing cetylpyridinium chloride, triclosan or Listerine) or medicinal mouthwash (e.g. containing chlorhexidine)

5. Using automatic oral irrigators or mini interdental toothbrushes, if necessary

6. Carrying out routine checks of the effectiveness of tooth brushing, using special dyes absorbed by dental plaque (neglected spots will be disclosed by their bright pinkish-purple colour, easily seen in natural light with the naked eye)