DENTAL CARE FAQs
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Using a mouthwash is the perfect complement to daily brushing. It can help prevent tooth decay, protects against gingivitis and helps against bad breath. Due to its liquid form, the mouthwash reaches places that toothbrushes, interdental brushes or dental floss cannot reach. Thanks to its special formulation with fluoride, the teeth are remineralized and protected against tooth decay.
It is best to always rinse with approx. 20 ml of the mouthwash for 30 seconds every day after brushing your teeth. Then spit out the mouthwash and do not swallow it.
The packaging of the Paperdent mouthwash contains 7g of plastic (including the cap), which is around 83% less compared to a conventional mouthwash bottle. The rest of the packaging is mainly made of cardboard that comes from FSC-certified forests. Due to this renewable resource, the ecological footprint is particularly small and the fibers of the cardboard can be recycled very easily. However, thanks to special recycling plants in Germany, it is also possible to recycle the plastic contained in the inner coating.
The mouthwash is produced in Germany and bottled in the Netherlands.
Throw the box, including the lid, into the yellow sack. This way it can be properly disposed of and recycled.
The recyclability of the mouthwash is generally around 80%. However, there are some specialized recycling plants in Germany that can recycle almost 100% of the cardboard. To do this, the cardboard is first separated from the inner coating, which is possible without any chemicals. The separated fibers can be recycled up to 6 times and are used in a variety of products. For example, they are used for the production of pizza boxes, envelopes, corrugated cardboard or egg cartons. The other materials can also be recycled. For example, the closure and inner liner plastic can be used for film manufacturing and injection molding applications. The aluminum obtained (which we will soon be able to do without in our packaging) can be reused in the paint and building materials industries.
Interdental brushes are used to clean the space between the teeth and as a supplement to daily tooth cleaning, as the toothbrush can only clean these areas with great difficulty or not at all. By cleaning the interdental spaces, you prevent gingivitis, tooth decay and the formation of plaque.
It is best to use the interdental brush in the evening before brushing your teeth. To do this, insert the interdental brush carefully and at a slight angle into each interdental space at the gum line and move the brush back and forth several times. Rinse the brush under the tap after each gap and after cleaning so that plaque or food particles are washed away. Store the brush in a clean and dry place. Once the bristles become worn or snapped, you should replace the paper brush.
So that the spaces between your teeth can be cleaned as best as possible, it is important that you choose the right size. You can tell the right size by the fact that you have to apply light pressure to insert the interdental brush into the space. However, it must never be pushed in with force, otherwise injuries to the gums may occur. If you don't notice any resistance, the interdental brush is too small and the cleaning result is not optimal. In most cases, however, you need different brush sizes, since not all spaces between the teeth are the same size. Your dentist can also advise you on choosing the right size.
When you start using interdental brushes, or only do it very irregularly, bleeding from the gums can always occur. This can be due to small inflammations and irritations. However, if the bleeding persists even after repeated cleanings, you should see your dentist.
Even with a bridge, it is possible to clean the interdental spaces with interdental brushes. It is used in exactly the same way as with natural teeth: the interdental brush is carefully placed between the teeth at the gum line and moved back and forth. Bridges cannot be cleaned with dental floss. That is why you have to resort to cleaning with interdental brushes. Here, too, the toothbrush has no chance of cleaning as effectively as an interdental brush.
With braces, the spaces between the teeth can also be cleaned with interdental brushes. This can be used to clean the area between the teeth, but also the area under the wire where it is not possible to use dental floss. Implants should be cleaned just as thoroughly as your own teeth, which can also be done with interdental brushes. Implants need to be cleaned particularly extensively because, like your own teeth, they are susceptible to inflammation of the gums and bone loss (peri-implantitis). Daily interdental care is essential.
If the paper stick did not come into contact with the saliva, you can cut it off and dispose of it in the paper waste. However, the brush filaments go in the residual waste.
Our toothbrush tablets with a natural mint aroma care for and polish your teeth particularly well and sustainably thanks to the high proportion of vegetable cellulose. The anhydrous tablet provides a proven, unique fluoride effect in the mouth, which protects your teeth from caries in the long term. The Paperdent Tabs were developed with dentists, contain no preservatives and are naturally microplastic-free and vegan.
Our toothpaste tablets require around 80% less packaging than toothpaste and are packaged in industrially compostable, bio-based bags. Less plastic and packaging, with more content: one bag contains 125 toothbrush tablets, which corresponds to two tubes of toothpaste and is therefore sufficient for approx. 2 months.
That's no problem at all, you can of course also use our tablets with braces. However, it is possible that your saliva will be darker in color when you spit it out, which is caused by plaque being polished off the wires and brackets.
The principle of polishing also works without any problems on crowns, bridges and inlays or implants, which is why our tooth cleaning tablets are of course also suitable for people with dentures. The tooth cleaning tablets even polish removable dentures. However, please only apply to the visible parts.
We recommend 1 tablet in the morning and 1 tablet in the evening. In order to gradually approach the foam-free cleaning experience, you are also welcome to take 2 tablets in the morning and 2 tablets in the evening for cleaning. If you feel like freshening your breath during the day, you can also chew a tablet in between and rinse your mouth with water.
Cleaning with the Paperdent toothpaste tablets is unusual at first, but very simple: 1. You take 1 toothpaste tablet in your mouth and chew it up, for example on your molars. This results in a creamy consistency, not a foamy one. We deliberately only use a very gentle and natural surfactant. 2. You wet your toothbrush and brush your teeth as usual. 3. Finally, rinse your mouth with water, done.
In general, dentifrices should have two functions to protect against tooth decay: 1) A high bioavailability of fluoride ions in the saliva for remineralization. 2) Efficient plaque removal with gentle abrasiveness. Both have been proven in numerous studies and laboratory tests in toothpaste tablets. Added to this is the polishing effect with our cellulose. Pigments from food, in particular the short-chain carbohydrates that serve as food and thus acidifiers for a certain type of bacteria, cannot adhere well to polished surfaces. This is how our toothbrush tablets provide wonderful protection against tooth decay.
We source cellulose through our partner from FSC-certified forests in Sweden. The biodiversity, the water content and the water quality of the soil, as well as the CO2 storage capacity and the continued existence of the forest are thereby secured.
In order to guarantee that the tabs stay fresh for a long time, you should fill them into an airtight container and store them after opening.
The Paperdent packaging consists of 45% paper and 55% inner bio-foil. The bio-film, in turn, consists of a polymer layer consisting of 63% polylactide (PLA based on corn starch) and 37% the polymer PBAT. Both PLA and PBAT are biodegradable and industrially compostable. This means that the packaging has been shown to degrade under certain conditions (temperature, humidity and oxygenation). The Paperdent packaging is therefore also certified for industrial compost, ie under the required composting conditions it has been proven that 90% of it degrades in industrial compost after 90 days. Strictly speaking, the packaging is not plastic-free, as it contains 1.2 g of the degradable polymer film as described above. We are currently working on an even more ecological variant. The toothbrush tablets themselves are of course free of plastic and microplastics.
Industrially compostable does not mean that the packaging should go in the organic waste bin. Unfortunately, the German disposal system is not yet designed for this. Until then, you should put the Paperdent packaging in the yellow bin so that it can be disposed of properly.
Unfortunately, when brushing your teeth, the spaces between your teeth can only be cleaned to a limited extent, as the toothbrush only reaches 70% of your tooth surface. By cleaning with dental floss, you remove leftover food and plaque that your toothbrush cannot reach. This will prevent tooth decay or plaque from forming between your teeth.
You should use dental floss at least once a day, preferably in the evening before brushing your teeth. The detached plaque is then brushed out of the interdental space by the toothbrush in this order.
It is best to use the dental floss in the evening before brushing your teeth. Take a long piece of dental floss and wrap the ends around your fingers. There should now be a piece about 5-10 cm long between your fingers. Now stretch this and insert it into the interdental space. To clean the interdental space, just move the thread up and down. Then you can wrap the dental floss a bit further so that you can use a clean piece of dental floss for the next interdental space.
Bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation. When your gums are inflamed, they have increased blood flow, become swollen, and bleed on contact. This means that these areas require a particularly high level of care. Bleeding gums can also occur if you apply too much pressure when cleaning and is not that bad at first. However, if your gums bleed after every cleaning and even with slight pressure with dental floss, you should clarify the cause with your dentist.
The used dental floss goes in the residual waste, the paper packaging in the paper waste and the bioplastic bag in the yellow bag. However, to be sure, check your city or county's guidelines or contact your local waste disposal service.
It is best to only use each thread of dental floss once. The aim is primarily to mechanically loosen plaque, i.e. bacterial accumulations. This works better the fresher the piece of dental floss is. So that the bacteria that have been brought out are not carried back into the interdental space, you should use an unused piece of your dental floss for each interdental space.
Bleeding gums may occur just at the beginning of the application. However, this is not a problem and should usually stop after a few days. If the bleeding continues, you should go to your dentist to clarify the cause, just to be on the safe side.
It depends entirely on your individual interdental spaces, whether dental floss or an interdental brush is more suitable. If the interdental spaces are quite large, the interdental brush is usually better cleaned. By choosing different sizes, you can achieve the best cleaning performance. In the case of very narrow interdental spaces, into which even the smallest size interdental brush cannot be inserted, sometimes only dental floss can be used.