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3 myths about brushing your teeth

19 December 2021

It would seem that such a simple and everyday procedure, and so many myths surround it. The time has come to put an end to rumors and speculation: we analyze the main misconceptions about oral hygiene.

Myth 1: brushing your teeth 2 times a day is optional.
Within 2 hours after eating, plaque begins to appear on the teeth and gums - a thin film of food debris, bacteria and dead cells. And bacteria that eat away at tooth enamel and cause caries feel great in it. If plaque is not removed in time, it will eventually turn into tartar. That is why it is so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Myth 2: To keep your teeth healthy, you only need a brush and toothpaste.
Have you noticed that, even if you do not neglect the regular brushing of your teeth, at the examination at the dentist, as a rule, caries is found? The fact is that it is impossible to clean the interdental spaces, gingival pockets and other hard-to-reach areas with a toothbrush. But it is there that most bacteria accumulate.

How to be? The answer to this question back in 1958 was given by two friends - a dentist and an engineer from America. They invented the world's first waterpik irrigator. This is a special device for the care of the oral cavity, which, using a pulsating stream of water, removes food debris from the interdental spaces and hard-to-reach areas, massages the gums and improves blood circulation.

Myth 3: only people with braces need an irrigator.
This misconception stems from the fact that most people learn about an irrigator from their dentist after placing braces, crowns, implants, etc. In general, when there is a need for more thorough hygiene. However, in fact, it is recommended to everyone without exception: in people without braces, food gets stuck between the teeth in the same way, and in the same way, a toothbrush cannot penetrate into the gum pockets. The risk of developing dental diseases when using only a toothbrush is quite high for everyone.