1. February 2017

Mind the Gap!

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Mind the gap! – The seven gaps

Brushing your teeth is actually as easy as hopping onto the tube (or, here in Switzerland, a cable car). Here are seven gaps that require your attention – to make brushing your teeth an easy and more effective matter.

1 – The gum line
This fine groove between tooth and gum, also called the sulcus, is the most important gap and it also runs between the teeth. This sulcus is an ideal hiding place for bacteria and it comes as no surprise to find them here. This is where they cause the most damage, almost undetected. The result is inflammation, leading to periodontitis and tooth loss.
2 – The knowledge gap
What is worse: most people do not even clean the sulcus. But only where it’s fairly clean anyway, i.e. the easily accessible tooth surfaces. The reason: few people are aware of the importance of the sulcus. Also hardly any toothbrush is fine enough to clean this fine groove properly (and gently!).
3 – Interdental spaces
Finally, the interdental spaces actually account for about 30% of the tooth’s surface. The sulcus is here too because the gum line goes all around the tooth. The sides of the teeth and the gum line need cleaning in the interdental space daily.
4- Indentations
Many places in the interdental space are inaccessible to dental floss. In particular the back teeth have indentations, inwardly curved niches. Floss spans these niches: neither sulcus nor teeth surfaces get cleaned. There are thus some very good hiding places for bacteria between the teeth.
5 – Gum inflammation
Failure to clean the sulcus properly leads to gum inflammation. This gingivitis does not hurt. Almost one in two people have it and it slowly but surely leads to periodontitis. For a gingivitis diagnosis: see a dental professional! To get rid of it and prevent it: brush properly minding all the gaps.
6 – Two in one
If you brush your teeth so that gingivitis doesn’t have a chance, you automatically avoid caries at the same time. However, the reverse is not true: if you only clean to prevent caries, you often neglect looking after the sulcus.
7 – How to do it
Place a soft toothbrush with a large number of very fine bristles at an angle, half on the gums, half on the teeth and brush in small circles. Bacteria will be gently removed from the sulcus. Use interdental brushes and dental floss for the spaces. Ideally, let your dental professional determine the right size of interdental brushes you need and where.

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