Tooth washing is a kind of health care and a kind of life attitude.
Washing teeth means cleaning teeth. In the dental profession, it is called cleaning and treatment. It is both cleaning and treatment. The American people affectionately call it [Prophy].
That is to say, tooth washing is a kind of health care, which is a preventive measure to strengthen the body and prevent diseases without diseases.
Moreover, tooth washing is an important treatment for gingivitis and periodontitis. At present, it is difficult to treat periodontitis with drugs at the medical level of human beings. Tooth washing is the first step to restore gingival health.
The American people have a good sense of social security and personal health.
They have been seeing the dentist regularly since they were very young and have their teeth washed regularly, usually once every six months to once a year. When I went out of the clinic in the United States, I was routinely asked to ask the patient that the last time I washed my teeth was in what. If the time interval exceeded two years, the patient would usually be a little shy or say in a very exaggerated tone: [It’s really long long ago! Oh, I haven’t washed it for a long time! )]
In China, the concept of health care is not available to everyone, and the awareness of oral health is not available to everyone. Dentists are not enough, and scientific and educational publicity is not enough. Therefore, I often meet middle-aged and elderly patients in outpatient clinics [proudly] and say: “Doctor, my teeth have always been very good, never hurt, I have never been to a hospital, and I have started some activities in recent years.”
At this time, I am really deeply worried about their dental health.
Do you need to see your teeth when it hurts?
Regular tooth washing also gives dental physical examination!
Many friends do not have the habit of seeing their teeth regularly, so regular tooth washing has become a good opportunity for dental examination.
However, many people have this feeling when washing their teeth for the first time: my teeth were fine, but they felt uncomfortable after washing them. It must be that my teeth were washed out!
This leads to many rumors and misunderstandings about tooth washing. Let’s take a look at what you have heard.
Myth 1: Washing teeth will wash the teeth big and loosen the teeth!
The truth is: only when you wash your teeth late can you do this!
This is the most widely circulated and harmful legend about tooth washing. In particular, these two articles often come from our elders, which makes it difficult to refute.
The following picture shows the process of teeth from health to periodontal disease.
When tartar accumulates in teeth, just like building [iron wall] around teeth, these concrete tartar tie loose teeth into a whole, masking the fact that gums are shrinking.
At this time, the teeth are not loose, which is an illusion: the bones around the root shrink under the long-term action of tartar compression and gingival inflammation, leaving only about half.
Washing teeth can wash off the yellow tartar. After washing off, the teeth stand firmly in the loose gums.
Fortunately, however, tooth washing can remove the tartar, stop the progress of periodontitis, and stop the teeth from loosening. After the tartar is removed, the loosening will intensify in a short period of time, but with the progress of treatment, the inflammation will be eliminated, and the foundation around the teeth will be strengthened again.
In other words, this looseness will be improved by washing teeth.
Myth 2: I brush my teeth every day! Twice! Seriously! I don’t have to wash my teeth!
The truth is: what is washed off is tartar, which cannot be brushed off!
Where did the tartar come from? Calcium and bacteria in saliva deposit on the teeth to form tartar. The saliva and bacteria in the mouth are endless. Even if you brush your teeth every day, even the dentist himself, brushing his teeth alone cannot completely brush off the dirt on the teeth.
There are always edges and corners that cannot be brushed. Over time, pieces of tartar are formed. Like oysters lying on stones by the sea, tartar sticks to your teeth and then grows up slowly. However, it is strong and cannot be brushed off.
At this time, it is necessary to make use of the dentist’s professional tools to do a thorough cleaning.
The situation is like every time I finish my meal, I tidy up the kitchen, but every time my mother comes to Beijing, she has to wipe and wash the kitchen all day.
Do you understand?
Myth 3: Washing teeth is especially painful! It’s sour and painful! I can’t stand it!
The truth is: you may be too delicate!
Let’s make a digression first.
When I was showing my teeth in America, There is one aspect that I didn’t get used to at first: Americans are very delicate and require anesthesia for almost whatever they do when looking at their teeth. They are especially afraid of all kinds of pains that may occur during looking at their teeth, do not reject anesthesia at all, and voluntarily demand that they must be treated under local anesthesia. In my opinion, the pain caused by these operations is only minimal.
But even so, Americans have never asked for anesthetic when washing their teeth!
I think this shows to some extent that tooth washing is not so terrible. At least, if you [get used to] washing your teeth, it is not so terrible.
It is really hard to wash teeth. But the place where tartar grows most easily is the place where it is not easy to clean, such as the junction between teeth and gums. And this junction is the white and hard enamel and immature and sensitive root of the teeth themselves. Even if there is no periodontal disease, touching this position with metal instruments will cause certain discomfort.
However, this kind of discomfort should still be tolerable. I hope everyone can summon up courage.
In addition, when washing teeth for the first time, doctors need to use more power to clean them repeatedly because of the accumulation of tartar, which will lead to more discomfort. When you wash your teeth regularly in the future, there will not be much tartar and it will not be so uncomfortable to clean it up.
Myth 4: Teeth are especially sensitive after washing! Afraid of cold, also afraid of heat!
The truth is: the more sensitive you are, the more likely you are to have periodontal disease!
After washing their teeth, many people reflect that their teeth have become more sensitive than before.
Attention, please! If you really feel this way, you should be glad that you have washed your teeth in time! Because of this symptom, you already suffer from mild or severe periodontitis!
Tooth washing is only the cause of tooth sensitivity, and the real root is periodontal disease.
However, if you dare not wash your teeth because you are afraid of sensitivity, you will lead to more and more periodontal disease and eventually your teeth will loosen and fall off. If you need to overcome sensitivity, you can use all the [anti-sensitivity toothpaste] available on the market to relieve discomfort.
Responsibility: Cat Capricorn
Author: Xu Tongkai