Mind the gap - Anyone who has used the London underground will be familiar
with the warning: ‘Mind the gap’, warning passengers about the gap between
the platform and train.
“Mind the gap” has now also become a Curaprox key message and here’s why.
There are three types of gaps that are a real danger to oral health:
Anatomical gaps: the gap between tooth and gum (sulcus) as well as the gap between the teeth (interdental/approximal space
Then, there are the gaps in our knowledge on the causes of diseases such as gingivitis, periodontitis and peri-implantitis and the gaps on the actual consequences of these diseases and what they can lead to i.e. a heart attack, stroke and even impotence.
Finally, there are the gaps in ability where prevention, motivation and care are concerned.
A large number of people brush their teeth diligently every day and some even three times a day, but caries, gingivitis and periodontitis often still occur. Anyone over the age of 50 most likely has a crown or one, two or even three implants and an increased risk of having a heart attack.
These gaps need filling and not just with any old filling material. They need the correct knowledge and the correct skills and this is where Curaprox can help, so we can all enjoy lifelong healthy gums, healthy teeth and healthy arteries.
This is why the message is: Mind the gap.
What exactly are these gaps? Read all about it here:
Gaps in patients’ knowledge: Hardly anybody knows how to keep their teeth really clean. Most people scrub at them too often with too much pressure. And they’ve learned that fluoride protects (but it can only do that if it gets near to teeth).
In any case: the decisive gaps get either no care or too little – these are the sulcus and the approximal space. Another gap – the sulcus around implants needs even greater care, since there is hardly any flow of protective sulcus fluid.
Or the wrong care is given: dental floss damages gums to the extent of causing scarring. It stretches tight over critical areas and is of little or no use. Interdental brushes are too big or too small or their bristles are too short or are not springy enough. And manual toothbrushes? They grind away the dentine and force the gums back. Then there are electric toothbrushes and again gaps in knowledge: oscillating ones are often used, with too much pressure once again – this makes their effect even worse than with manual toothbrushes with too much pressure and hard bristles.
Another gap in knowledge: irritation of the oral mucosa and mouth ulcers is also very closely associated with a substance present in almost all toothpastes - sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS. An SLS-free toothpaste can help people suffering from mouth ulcers.
And the gap in ability: at university, dentists do not receive any useful training in prevention and motivating patients. Yes, it’s a fact: dentists have not received any actual prophylaxis training at university. They learn how to drill and fit crowns and so on. They receive little training on how to clean teeth or none at all, dependent on country and university.
Do you have an implant? What people fail to tell you in this business, which is worth billions: an implant needs even greater care than a natural tooth. Otherwise, you will soon need another one – in the same place. If that will still work.
Enough of gaps... if you would like to learn more, take a look here or visit our website.
If you’d like to get your oral hygiene and your health back on track without any gaps, attend an iTOP seminar. Or go to an iTOP-certified dental hygienist or iTOP-certified dentist.
You’ll learn how to brush correctly and enjoy doing so.