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Hygiéniste dentaire à Genève

Your dental hygienist can help you keep your smile bright, your breath fresh and your teeth healthy, so they’re worth looking after. But what’s threatening your teeth and how can you preserve them?

What are plaque and tartar?

Dental plaque is a whitish deposit that forms over a few hours on the surface of teeth. It’s made up of food scraps, saliva and proliferating bacteria. Among this multitude of bacteria, called bacterial flora, some are harmful to our oral health, including :

  • Streptococcus mutans: the bacteria responsible for carious development
  • Porphyromonas gingivalis and Actinomyces actinomycetemcomitans: the main bacteria responsible for periodontal (gum) disease.

When plaque accumulates, it gradually mineralizes under the influence of salivary secretions and turns into tartar.

Plaque dentaire et tartre

Plaque and tartar

Gencive saigne

Healthy gums

What can you do to maintain good personal dental hygiene?

Good personal dental hygiene is defined as the complete removal of plaque on a regular basis, 2-3 times a day. Meticulous hygiene helps prevent cavities, maintain healthy gums and limit tartar build-up.

To achieve this, it is absolutely essential to follow all the following advice:

  • Use a soft nylon toothbrush, changing frequently to maintain its effectiveness. Contrary to popular belief, hard toothbrushes can damage tooth enamel and injure gums.
  • It's essential to have a good brushing technique adapted to your oral situation and dexterity.
  • Use interdental cleaning aids, usually dental floss and/or brushes, to remove plaque between teeth.

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