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Your gum line, the gateway to oral health

Many people intuitively use a lot more pressure when brushing along the groove between the teeth and gums. It is a fact that bacteria gather very quickly in the gum line, becoming structured and forming plaque. It is also a fact that this area is particularly difficult to ...

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Dental floss or interdental brush?

Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss. These three aids in daily oral hygiene are usually found in every bathroom. But an increasing number of bathroom cabinets now contain something different - incredibly small brushes with colourful handles: interdental ...

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CS single: the solo technique

Use gentle agitating movements along the gumline, almost without any pressure: using precise, gentle, movements almost without any pressure, follow the gum line closely with your CS single.It takes a bit of practice...... but it’s worthwhile. This is the way to clean one of the most important areas to perfection – the gum ...

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Correct brushing using a manual toothbrush

Position brush at an angle, half on the gums, half on the teeth, and clean in short circular movements, ideally without pressure. That really is all it takes. Of course, there is also a more detailed guideHowever, if you remember the initial instruction, you are already on the right path: you are cleaning your teeth and the gum line ...

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Talking to Edith Maurer Bussink, dental hygienist

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How to use an interdental brush correctly

Hold the brush at an angle, push it in a little, straighten it, push it right through. Pull it out, you’re done.Once in and out again. You’re donePlease do this cleaning movement only once. Some manufacturers recommend doing it several times, as well as even rotating the brush, but this only increases the danger of ...

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Bleeding gums are a danger signal

Sometimes there are traces of red when biting into an apple. Others discover blood when spitting after brushing their teeth. No matter how bleeding gums are noticed: this is a warning sign, indicating a gum inflammation (gingivitis) or an inflammation of the periodontium (periodontitis). At worst, tooth loss is the outcome. Healthy gums ...

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Hard or soft bristles?

Hard bristles combined with the wrong brushing technique are frequently to blame for receding gums. People who prefer toothbrushes with hard bristles often use far too much pressure – even if they clean with small, circular movements, as dental professionals recommend, instead of scrubbing back and forth. Young adults, in ...

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Brushing or dancing?

Neglect your teeth at your peril – you’re unlikely to win hearts or get that job with a bad smile. Well cared for teeth mean self-confidence and self-confidence increases your likelihood of success when looking for a partner or a job. Life will be tough if you can’t smile romantically across the table when dining by ...

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Our teeth – under pressure from all sides

People normally have 32 teeth. Each of them works hard and is constantly under attack. Just by chewing food, forces of up to 30 kg are exerted on the tooth – a few thousand times per ...

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«Brushing your teeth is an art»

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Tip for interdental beginners

You are about to revolutionise your oral hygiene. The following tips will help you to turn interdental care into a perfectly normal part of your daily oral hygiene. CURAPROX interdental brushes will keep your teeth clean all over – and healthy for a ...

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Pleasure or duty?

Once learned, never forgotten: brushing your teeth is important. Morning, and night. Front, back. Inner surface, outer surface. Change the toothbrush every three months. This is how most people brush their teeth: by routine, a feeling of duty – and with discipline. Let’s be honest: is brushing your teeth really a ...

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How to use dental floss correctly

Knot the dental floss to form a loop. This enables you to clean your teeth without hurting your gumsThe loop methodWrap the dental floss fairly closely over four fingers and secure it with a double knot. Hold it between four fingers on one hand and the thumb on your other hand.The benefitThe dental floss is now stretched between the ...

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Three times a day or evenings only?

When should I be brushing my teeth? Three times a day? After every meal? Scientific studies give the all-clear: it's enough to remove plaque every 24 hours. Before going to bed is best. However, it's an absolute must then to clean each tooth ...

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Implant-Saver: technique

How it’s done: threading in. Guide the floss over the implant. Then hold the two ends with both hands. Now alternately slightly tension and release the Implant-Saver. These movements will clean the sulcus around your implant gently and ...

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Implant care must be tailored to the individual patient

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Scrub or circle?

Even the handle is different: the CURAPROX CS 5460 ultra soft toothbrush has a octagonally shaped handle. This makes it easy to hold the toothbrush correctly for cleaning, at roughly a 45-degree angle, half on the gum, half on the tooth. Always at an angle: this basic position helps you to clean your teeth and gum line most effectively ...

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SLS or mild formula?

For the ancient Egyptians, it was a mixture of wine vinegar and pumice. The Romans are said to have used ground seashells and, in the Middle Ages, people used beech ash and cloves. Nowadays the contents of toothpastes are far removed from such naturalness and purity. Standard toothpaste usually contain chemical softening agents, ...

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Toothpaste – the helpful assistant

Anyone who gets a strange taste in their mouth after brushing their teeth should take a closer look at what is actually in their toothpaste. This is particularly important if they are suffering from dry mouth, irritation of the oral mucosa or even mouth ulcers. Fluoride is in there, obviously,  but which fluoride is it? Cleaning and ...

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Bad breath develops in the mouth

The bacteria that contributes to bad breath include Treponema denticola and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Millions of this type of bacteria colonize in our mouths and degrade food residues stuck between our teeth or in the gum pockets. In this decay process, volatile sulphur compounds are produced, which we perceive as unpleasant – bad ...

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Toothbrush or apple?

As frequently happens, the traditional wisdom of using an apple as a replacement for brushing does have a grain of truth in it. In fact, this fruit not only has vitamin C, but it also contains many health-giving minerals. And, chewing an apple after a meal really does remove superficial deposits from the ...

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Looking after implants, staying healthy

People who have problems with chewing and speaking due to tooth loss and those that are embarrassed to smile can breath a sign of relief: high-quality implants, individually made and implanted by dental specialists improve lives as the longed-for normality returns to everyday life. With careful oral hygiene and regular medical ...

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Oral rinse or saliva?

Hats off to saliva: a healthy person produces up to one litre of saliva a day and this keeps teeth and the oral mucosa in good health. As soon as the saliva stops flowing – due to illness, medication or age – teeth quickly decline and the oral mucosa dry ...

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Denture care means ensuring quality of life

As with natural teeth the harmful substances in plaque also accumulate on a prosthesis where they cause inflammation. Bacterial toxins which often cause chronic inflammation collect under the prosthesis. The inflammation puts a strain on the immune system and the body's defences, and even worse: it can contribute to strokes or a heart ...

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Plaque or pellicle?

Only a few minutes after a professional clean, an ultrathin film starts to develop on teeth. This pellicle – also called initial, oral biofilm by professionals – is formed largely of proteins that are in the saliva. The job of the pellicle is to prevent acids from attacking the teeth and releasing the minerals therein. Just ...

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Bacteria – the invasion of the mouth

About 50 billion bacteria inhabit people's mouths. The most dangerous kind is streptococci. They feel happiest in the deposits that adhere to the tooth surface and live mainly off sugar. This produces organic acids that dissolve the hard, roughly 2.5-millimetre thick protective layer of tooth enamel. If the germs penetrate as far as the ...

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Professional footballers train in dental practice

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Saliva, a natural health service provider

Each person produces more than one litre of saliva a day. It is 99.4 per cent water and lubricates the oral cavity, thus enables us to speak, swallow and ...

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Biofilm: a friend becomes an enemy

This coating can make you ill – if it is not properly removed or disorganised in its layered structure. First of all, the pellicle is formed. This ultrathin deposit, made up of proteins and other components in the saliva, covers freshly cleaned teeth within just a few hours. As found in nature on pebbles in streams, biofilm has ...

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Dentist U. P. Saxer: «The hydrodynamic effect is like a mountain stream»

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“I see myself as a coach”

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