How to take care of your teeth ?



Dental And oral health is of great importance, as an unhealthy mouth, especially gum disease, increases your risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor. So it is important to clean our teeth using toothbrush and floss, to remove  “bacterial plaque” that causes tooth decay and gum diseases and subsequently bad appearance of your teeth.

The use of a toothbrush regularly is one of the best ways to maintain the health of teeth and gums, but toothbrushes differ in shape and effectiveness in the cleaning of the teeth. There are types that are smooth and types of bristles are rough and easy to use on children so how to choose the best toothbrush with the availability of a wide range of different types of toothbrushes on Pharmacies shelves and shops, including hand-made or powered items (electric)?



Features of the best toothbrush include :

  There are some specifications that you should search for in any toothbrush you choose, regardless of whether manual or electric, including the following specifications

Size of Toothbrush :

–          The brush should be appropriate in size for you, meaning it is neither small nor large. –          The adult brush is different from the appropriate brush for children, as the jaws in  kids are smaller

–          Choose a long toothbrush that relaxes your hand when cleaning your teeth and works well with cleaning your teeth from the inside.


Toothbrush head size should easily reach all tooth surfaces, and for most adults, the toothbrush head width of half an inch (1.27 centimeters) and one-inch length (2.54 centimeters) will be easier to use and more efficient. Although larger toothbrushes are available, you may find it hard to use them to clean some hard-to-reach areas, such as the sides and internal surfaces of your teeth. The toothbrush must have a handle that is long enough to hold the brush comfortably in your hand.

Toothbrush bristles

  Dental brushes are available with ultra-soft, soft, medium soft or soft nylon bristles.

To further protect your teeth when choosing a toothbrush, make sure that there are circular headers on the bristles of the toothbrush you choose

Now, What about the toothpaste?

  Choosing the best toothpaste may cause a big confusion, so we wonder what toothpaste is best for tooth decay? What paste prevents lime? What is the paste containing fluoride? What about teeth whitening? What about ingredients? And other reasons for the selection confuses us, in fact, whatever your questions, make the needs of your mouth is the foundation.

Essential ingredients of toothpaste

Whatever the  form of toothpaste is whether it is paste or gel, there are essential ingredients in each type:
  1. abrasives, it contains substances such as calcium, carbonate, silicate, which removes food residues, bacteria and some pigments from the teeth.
  2. Sweeteners and industrial flavors, such as polysaccharides, which are often added to toothpaste to have a better taste, so we find many types of mint, cinnamon, lemon and others that suit different tastes.
  3. Moisturizers, moisturizers are used to maintain moisturizing of paste content, so toothpaste contains glycerol to protect against dehydration.
  4. Detergents, those foams you see when brushing your teeth are due to detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate.

Best Toothpaste for decay :

Fluoride is one of the essential ingredients that you should look for when choosing the best toothpaste for tooth decay. It contributes greatly to reducing tooth decay and cavities too. Fluoride has been used for this purpose for over 50 years

Best toothpaste for sensitive teeth

For all those who suffer from teeth sensitivity, whether cold or heat Fortunately, there are types of toothpaste that have been specially made for this purpose, which contain potassium nitrate and strontium chloride, as these components fill the gaps and tubules that are open to the tooth nerve.

Toothpaste for plaque removal

If the plaque is not removed with a suitable cleaner, it will turn into a layer of lime “ calculus “  that is difficult to remove, leading to bacterial accumulation on your teeth and under the gums. There are many types of toothpaste that remove this layer, such as pyrophosphate and zinc stearate.  

Quick Tips When Choosing Toothpaste

Raghad Rawabdeh

Raghad rawabdeh, Jordanian Dentist, specializing in perio_implantology in Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) .