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Good Old Tooth Powder: A Natural Alternative for Modern Toothpastes

Many people consider dental powders to be something old-fashioned as the effectiveness of modern toothpastes is very satisfying for proper dental care. However, sometimes tooth powders do their job better than any toothpaste. The composition of tooth powders is based on finely powdered abrasive elements (such as chalk or calcium phosphates) and a detergent or sweetening agent (essential flavored oils, sugar, menthol, etc.). Some tooth powders also contain bicarbonate which is perfect for whitening our teeth. At the same time, in contrast to so popular toothpastes, dental powder does not contain fluoride and xylitol: important chemicals that can prevent tooth decay.

Dental PowderThe first examples of dental powder appeared in the end of the eighteenth century in the Great Britain. The powder was made of calcium carbonate (powdered chalk), sometimes mixed with magnesium carbonate, brick dust, porcelain dust and other abrasive substances. To make the taste of the powder more pleasant and soft, the pharmacists and dentists used to add menthol oil, anise oil, cinnamon oil or oil of cloves. In those times such tooth powders were quite expensive because only rich people could afford using a toothbrush for oral hygiene: poor people were still cleaning their teeth with their fingers.

Nowadays, advanced technologies of contemporary dentistry allowed receiving very powerful dental mixtures from only natural elements that are as much effective as chemicals, but do not harm our health. Modern tooth powders contain therapeutic essential oils (such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint, etc) that reduce bad breath, have very good antiviral and antibacterial effects, as well as different sea salts with useful microelements and micronutrients. Some dental powders are enriched with the vitamins and minerals that can rejuvenate the tissues in mouth.

Therefore, the advantages of dental powders include lower costs, greater cleansing power and the absence of dangerous chemical agents (which are sometimes carcinogen and very harmful to our organism). Many specialists underline that modern toothpastes contain a great variety of dangerous chemicals (including the soaps, mutagens, toxins, etc.) and using such pastes can bring to various allergies, problems with digestive system and other serious diseases. That is why some dentists tend to recommend children below 6 to use only tooth powders based on natural elements.

Nevertheless, toothpastes with their moderate abrasive effects, more effective chemical content and a great variety of tastes remain unbeatable competitors of dental powders. Moreover, being more popular and highly demanded, toothpastes can be considered as generally more effective against various new resistant dental bacteria. There are a number of large powerful manufacturers such as Colgate, Unilever and the others, which spent millions of dollars for medical researches and improving the quality of their products. Taking into account all the above, it is possible to come to the conclusion that the best strategy for effective oral hygiene can be keeping both modern soft toothpastes and natural powerful dental powders in your bathroom. By using a toothpaste one day and dental powder the other day you can enjoy the specific benefits of both these mixtures for effective dental care and keep you teeth clean and healthy.

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Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Brushing is a very effective technique for daily cleaning of your teeth and gums from plaque and food particles. A toothbrush is the main instrument necessary for this procedure. It was invented in China more than a thousand years ago. Nowadays, several types of manual and automatic (electric, ultrasound, etc.) toothbrushes are available. Manual toothbrushes are empowered by a human hand and it is very easy to learn how to handle them. Automatic toothbrushes are empowered by electric motor that vibrates or uses sound waves to remove plaque from your teeth and massage your gums.

Toothpaste is another ingredient essential for tooth brushing. There is a great variety of therapeutic and prophylactic toothpastes available in our pharmacies and drugstores, that is why it is necessary to develop a rational approach to selecting a good toothpaste. It is considered that fluoridated toothpaste must be used for your morning tooth brushing, and in the evening it is better to use herbal toothpaste which has a special therapeutic effect on your gums. Nevertheless, the best solution for those who are still confused about picking the right toothpaste is to consult their dental specialist.

Tips for brushing your teeth correctly:

  • Start your tooth brushing session with rinsing your mouth using a mouthwash or a rinsing solution.
  • Wet your toothbrush with drinking water.Tooth Brushing Stage 1
  • Place a pea-size amount of the toothpaste on your toothbrush.
  • Hold your toothbrush at about 45 degree angle against your gum line.
  • Begin with brushing the outside of your teeth using slight sweeping or circular motions over the teeth and moving your toothbrush horizontally from one side of your jaws to another.
  • Clean the backside of your cheek teeth by gentle scrubbing and moving your brush back and forth.
  • Clean the chewing surface of your cheek teeth using slight short circular movements of your brush and moving the brush from one side of your jaw to another.Tooth Brushing Stage 2
  • Brush the inside of your front teeth on the upper and lower jaws moving your brush back and forth over the teeth.
  • Gently scrub your tongue with the bristles or with the special surface on the backside of your toothbrush.
  • Rinse your mouth with drinking water and be sure that no toothpaste is left in your mouth.

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Tips On Effective Tooth Brushing

Tooth BrushingIt is possible to avoid a great number of dental problems if you take a good care about your mouth and teeth. Correct brushing is the most important method of oral hygiene which helps to keep your gums and teeth healthy. The procedure of tooth brushing includes a sequence of very easy stages, but, to begin with, there are a number of related tips for effective brushing that everyone must know.

General tips for brushing your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day: in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before going to bed.
  • Get a toothbrush with synthetic bristles of proper size. Too large toothbrushes can be harmful for your teeth and gums, so it is better to choose a smaller toothbrush.
  • Do not use a hard-bristled toothbrush because it can damage your gums.
  • Brush your teeth minimum two-three minutes per session.
  • Do not make too vigorous movements of the brush when brushing your teeth.
  • End your brushing session with cleaning your toothbrush and placing it to a safe place.
  • Change your toothbrush every three months.
  • Consider using electric toothbrushes because they are more effective than manual ones.

There are several approaches and methods of tooth brushing, which are different from each other with the types of the motions of your brush (scraping, sweeping, circular motions, etc.), the sequence of the motions or the order of brushing the surfaces of your teeth. If you want to maintain a proper level of oral hygiene, it can be useful to consult your dental doctor for some practical advice about the most effective tooth brushing technique.

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