Dental encyclopedia

I'm glad you're getting to the bottom of things! Our small dental care encyclopedia provides you with the necessary knowledge to make you and your teeth shine.

staining pills

There are special chewable pills that color bacterial plaque on your teeth and make it visible to the naked eye. This plaque control helps children playfully learn proper dental care and enables adults to detect and correct cleaning weaknesses.

toothbrushes

Manual toothbrush vs. electric toothbrush: Which one cleans better? Of course, you can also clean your teeth reasonably well with a manual toothbrush, if you brush with the appropriate technique and long enough. However, experience has shown that many people who use manual toothbrushes do not last at least two minutes. Electric toothbrushes - like our happybrush - also perform the correct brushing movements automatically, the application is simply much more comfortable. Studies also show that electric toothbrushes remove bacterial plaque better than manual toothbrushes. For this reason, we have also developed the happybrush sonic toothbrush: To make you and your teeth happy.

nutrition

A whole-food nutrition also has a positive effect on oral health. Chew-intensive foods such as wholemeal bread, cereals, raw vegetables and fruit promote blood circulation in the gums and salivation - saliva washes away bacteria and supplies your teeth with important minerals.

fluorides

Fluorides harden the enamel and prevent tooth decay if they are continuously added and best through the daily use of a fluoride toothpaste - we recommend the happybrush SuperMint (it’s clear, isn’t it?). The fluoride from the toothpaste gets onto the teeth forms a kind of protective film that can trap acids. In addition, fluorides also force it’s way into bacterial plaques, disturb the metabolism of germs and thus slow down their attack on the tooth enamel. The significant decline in tooth decay in recent decades is mainly attributed to the increasing spread of fluoride-containing toothpastes.

interdental brushes

About 40 percent of all bacterial plaque is formed in the interdental spaces - here it cannot be reached with a normal toothbrush. To clean these niches even better, it is best to use special aids: dental floss or interdental brushes. The latter are always suitable when the interdental spaces between the gums are not very narrow. Interdental brushes are easy to use - simply gently insert them into the space between the teeth and carefully move them back and forth several times. The choice of the right size is decisive: If the brush can only be pushed into the gap with pressure, it is too large. If, on the other hand, there is too much leeway, there is no optimal cleaning. Your dentist or his prophylaxis assistant will be happy to explain how to use tinterdental brushes.

chewing gum

"Brushing your teeth twice a day" is the basic rule of oral care. It is best to use a toothbrush in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before going to bed. But you can also do something in between for your radiant smile: By chewing sugar-free chewing gum after lunch or after a snack. This will increase the flow of saliva, which neutralises acids from food or drinks and strengthens the enamel.

control

thoroughly with our happybrush (very good!), you can't completely prevent caries or tartar from forming in hard-to-reach areas or the gums from inflaming. This is why the six-monthly check-ups at the dentist are so important: he can detect diseases in the oral cavity at an early stage. With a timely diagnosis, a gentle and painless treatment is almost always possible, larger damages are avoided in advance.

dry mouth

If the spit stays away, the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis increases. Dry mouth (the dentist calls it xerostomia - but it sounds more complicated than it is) is relatively common. The cause is not only the decreasing secretion of saliva with age. Very often dry mouth is a side effect of medication: More than 400 medications can lead to underactivity of the salivary glands - these include antihypertensives, asthma medications, drugs for bladder weakness, drugs for heartburn, antihistamines as well as sedatives and sleeping pills. An effective measure against dry mouth is the targeted stimulation of the salivary glands by vigorous chewing of solid, fibre-rich foods. Regular use of sugar-free chewing gum between meals is recommended.

snacking (mmmhh...)

Sugar damages the teeth, everybody knows that. Nevertheless, you don't have to do without sweets completely. Because the decisive factor for dental health is not the total amount of sugar consumed but rather the frequency of consumption: If you eat more often in between, the caries bacteria are constantly replenished and constantly produce acids that attack the tooth enamel. The risk of tooth decay can be significantly reduced if you only enjoy chocolate, biscuits or cakes directly after a main meal.

professional tooth cleaning

The ideal supplement to normal dental care is professional dental cleaning (PDC) in the practice: it is carried out by a dentist or a specially trained specialist. Scientific research confirms that regular PDC effectively prevents tooth decay and gingivitis. The extent of professional dental cleaning depends on the individual situation of the patient.

brushing technique

It is not difficult to brush your teeth properly with happybrush. Very important: Don't scrub, let happybrush do the work. Place the brush head at a 45-degree angle and move it over your teeth with stroking movements and light pressure from the gums. Start at the end of your upper arch and then guide the brush over your teeth, first outside, then inside. Repeat the same for your lower arch. You clean your chewing surfaces with forward and backward movements. After 2 minutes the regular cleaning cycle is over and you can polish areas with discoloration. In general, be careful not to clean too hard.

dental floss

If the interdental spaces are narrow, dental floss is the cleaning agent of choice. It is best to use floss in the evening before brushing your teeth. Let your dentist show you how to use it correctly. If you have trouble brushing your teeth with floss, a special holder can be used to hold the floss firmly in place.

tongue cleaning

Perfect oral care also includes cleaning the tongue. This is because bacteria like to settle on their rough surface - they can not only cause bad breath, but also promote the formation of dental plaque.