1. BRUSH ONLY TWICE per day preferably with an electric brush. Do not press hard. A couple of minutes is enough. Longer and thicker brushing causes the gums to retract and reveal delicate tooth necks.
2. USE FLUORINE PASTE. Do not use whitening paste constantly, it may scratch the surface of the enamel. Many rinse off the toothpaste immediately after brushing. Fluoride can be left to act, so it helps protect your teeth.
3. CLEAN DETERGENTS EVERY DAY with a suitably sized interdental brush, silicone brush or dental floss. A properly sized intermediate brush is more effective than dental floss.
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4. EAT ONLY 5 X A DAY. Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, and supper cause five and a half hours of acidification of the teeth. They last for enamel. Perforation begins with several acid attacks.
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5. AVOID NAPLING. Even because of your teeth, you should eat regularly and not have a snack. Even one raisin causes an acid attack for half an hour. Hard cheeses, nuts and unflavoured whiskey do little to cause acid attack. So they can be grabbed if they slip.
6. SELECT WATER. Even fresh juice is sour and corrodes mica, not to mention sugar drinks. The worst for enamel is the combination of sugar and acid as in soft drinks. Flavored mineral water and sugar-free soft drinks also soften the mica.
7. TAKE XYLITOL FOR HELP. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, xylitol does not completely prevent an acid attack, but halves it for 15 minutes. Still, chewing or sucking on xylitol is worthwhile because xylitol also softens plaque to loosen more easily.
Expert: Hanna Kauhanen, oral hygienist, Plusterveys Hammaslääkärit Oy, Kuopio Hymyhammas.
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