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Advice/Everything you need to know about teeth whitening

Everything you need to know about teeth whitening

1. How common are gum disease?

They are very common. In Canada, gum disease affects seven in ten people at some point in their lives. It is the most common oral problem. They can develop almost painlessly until the real problem appears. That's why it's so important to prevent them and keep them from getting worse.

2. How does gum disease start?

Gum disease begins when the plaque adheres to or below the visible part of the gum line. If it is not removed daily by cleaning the teeth with the brush and dental floss, the plaque hardens and forms tartar, which facilitates bacterial infection at the point of attachment. At first, the dental condition is called gingivitis.

The gum may take on a reddish hue, but you may not feel anything. As gingivitis worsens, pockets of infection form. You may notice some swelling in the gums and they may bleed a little when you brush your teeth, but still painlessly. Over time, the infection destroys the gum tissue and eventually you may lose one or more teeth.

3. How can I prevent gum disease?

Here is the key. The most important factor in the fight against gum disease is prevention. The main thing is to keep your teeth and gums clean. Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day and clean them with dental floss at least once a day.

The right technique for cleaning your teeth with a brush and dental floss is as important as the frequency of care. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning, to have your mouth examined and to eradicate any early gum disease.

4. How do I know if I am cleaning my teeth properly with the brush and dental floss?

The toothbrush: Brush your teeth gently, paying attention to the junction between the teeth and the gums. Clean all sides of the teeth. Use the tip of your brush to clean the front, top and bottom teeth.

Flossing: Take a length of floss of about 45 cm and wrap it in the middle fingers. Taking each time a clean section, surround each tooth with the wire forming a C, then rub the tooth two or three times, starting from the base. Repeat the technique for each tooth.