How harmful is amalgam?
Whether amalgam has a significant effect has not been proven. Therefore, it should not be used in pregnant women. In the presence of other metals in the mouth, mercury is released from the amalgam filling by electrochemical corrosion. For some reasons, amalgam is banned in dental care in some countries. Alternatively, Ali, who works in an amalgam-free practice, recommends inlays made of gold or ceramic: "These are very long-lasting with good care"
Does the toothbrush have to be made of plastic?
Although occasional sustainable products come on the market, the trend does not seem to be fully enforced. If you want a bamboo instead of the plastic handle, you can buy the toothbrush from Hydrophil for EUR 3.90. But Ali advises against natural bristles: "The surface of natural bristles is rough, and they also have cavities that form niches for bacteria. Plastic bristles, e.g. Cures bristles.
How important is dental floss?
Dental floss should be used every night before going to bed, advises the expert. "It cleans the areas between the teeth and contact points that are not accessible with other cleaning utensils." Who wants to dispense with plastic in the dental floss, can, for example. to resort to a pure silk with beeswax Bon Naturkost.com.
Which care products are recommended?
In addition to toothbrush and silk, products such as Ringana's dental oil promise extra care. The oil pulling strengthens the body's defenses and has a detoxifying effect. "In most cases, it is sufficient to brush your teeth with fluoride once a week - this will strengthen the enamel and protect it from decay."
What are the worst culprits for tooth decay?
"Caries is mainly caused by improper nutrition and bad oral hygiene." In particular, stimulants such as red wine, smoking and coffee lead to deposits on the teeth, which favor tooth decay. Smoking leaves a yellow to brown coating, red wine is even one of the melt-dissolving stimulants. By proper nutrition, moderate consumption of stimulants and good oral hygiene, tooth decay can be prevented.