Oral Health Pt 2: Effects of toothbrushing, dietary sugars and acids

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Flouridated toothpaste are the best toothpaste

The type of toothpaste is also important where fluoridated ones is always be the best choice of toothpaste. Some literature actually suggest that it is not so much about plaque removal and tooth brushing, but rather the fluoride in toothpaste that actually helps combat dental decay. Tooth brushing essentially only helps enhance the delivery of fluoride on to tooth surfaces. But this does not mean tooth brushing can be renounced as it still does its part in removing plaque and stimulating our gums to flush out toxins. Another traditional recommendation to help improve oral health is to floss your teeth once a day as this removes plaque which can be lodged in between teeth where they contact, also known as the interproximal tooth surfaces. But flossing should always be done in caution, as a large majority of the population does not possess adequate skills to be able to floss properly without hurting their gums. Recent studies also show that there is little evidence supporting the effectiveness of flossing in helping to prevent interproximal decay due to the reason stated above. That being said, people with high risks of interproximal decay is best to floss as they will somewhat benefit from the extra plaque removal. Also flossing is only shown to be significant in improving gum conditions of people who actually have very poor gum status and serious gum diseases. It did not seem to show any benefit in people with mild or even moderate gum diseases as most people actually cause more damage than good especially if they have not been taught how to floss properly.

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