Brush, Elixir or Dental thread. What is the right order?
Let’s start at the beginning.
Contact with food and saliva causes demineralization of teeth over time.
If this process is not stopped the teeth end up developing cavities.
Toothpastes contain fluoride, which reverses the demineralization leading the tooth to restore its protection.
This mineralization is not, however, instantaneous, especially in adults, hence the paste should be used regularly.
In the case of children such mineralization is faster as toothpaste has a lower percentage of fluoride and it is not recommended to use adult paste as fluoride in excess damages the teeth.
For good oral hygiene, it is suggested that you follow these steps:
- Use the dental floss
The floss cleans about 1/3 of the surface of the teeth that are not otherwise accessible.
Doing so will allow fluoride toothpaste to penetrate better the interdental spaces.
2. Use a mouthwash for 30-60 seconds which eliminates bacteria and helps against inflammation.
3. Brush your teeth
The fluoride in the paste helps strengthen the enamel.
4. After brushing the teeth, do not rinse the maximum amount of paste, clean only the mouth.
Do not eat, drink or smoke immediately.
At first it may seem strange, but after the second time it will become a habit.
Avoiding rinsing with water will help keep the layer of fluoride you just applied.
If in doubt speak to your pharmacist 😉
Text written by Luís.