Dental care for clean teeth
There are countless techniques for brushing teeth correctly. But the basic rule when cleaning with a manual toothbrush is that you should not apply too much pressure on it. In the past, a circular motion was recommended ("Fones technique"). However, this technique is now considered outdated and experts recommend brushing your teeth using the so-called "Bass method" or "Stillmann technique" - also called the sweeping technique.
This involves applying very light pressure to the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. With the "Bass method", you should gently move it back and forth, loosening the plaque from the tooth and, as far as possible, from the spaces between the teeth. This should be used to clean all surfaces of the tooth.
With the "Stillmann technique", the movement starts with the bristles on the gums and the bristle field is rolled down towards the tooth. The important thing here is always from the gum to the tooth, i.e. from red to white. This brushing technique should sweep the dirt from the tooth. On the chewing surfaces, the toothbrush should simply be moved back and forth.
The electric toothbrush enables even more thorough dental care. Especially with the so-called sonic toothbrushes, the ultrasonic function allows you to reach places that cannot be reached with a normal toothbrush. Many electric toothbrushes also have support functions so that you don't apply too much pressure or a vibration tone sounds after 30 seconds so that you brush the next row of teeth. The basic rule with an electric toothbrush is to brush systematically over the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth. Depending on the size of the toothbrush head, each tooth can also be brushed individually for a few seconds.
To combat gum disease, you can use fluoride toothpaste, which strengthens tooth enamel. Gum disease starts when dental caries and bacterias build up along and under your gum line. This can lead to bleeding gums. Furthermore, regular dental check-ups with your dental hygienist can improve your dental health and prevent gum disease.