Here are some pointers for improved dental hygiene while using braces:
Keep it Clean
Your oral hygiene is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. Good oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing as well as using a proxy brush help to promote a healthy environment which may reduce the chances of developing caries (cavities) and will prolong the life of your orthodontic appliance.
When brushing your teeth it is important to be systematic so that you don’t miss a surface of your teeth. Work along the gum line. Angle toothbrush along the gum line and go in tiny circular motion. Massage gum by stroking from gum to tooth. FIVE times for each tooth.
White and brown spots are a common and permanent problem that patients who do not brush their teeth while wearing braces experience. This can easily be avoided by following 3 easy steps; brushing your teeth after you eat, using a proxy brush to clean in between the brackets and flossing daily.
Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease can be caused by poor oral hygiene. The most common indication of Gum disease is swelling of the Gums. In its early stages, gum disease is usually painless, and many people are not aware that they have it. In more advanced cases, gum disease can cause sore gums and pain when chewing.
It’s important to keep the inter-proximal areas of your teeth and braces clean by flossing so that food doesn’t become trapped and become food for bacteria to feed on and grow. Clean braces help to move your teeth faster.
Use a Proxy Brush
Using a Proxy brush will help you to clean the surfaces of your teeth that are missed while brushing with a regular tooth brush by assisting you to got the hard to reach areas behind and in between brackets
Oral Hygiene Consultation
If you would like to schedule an appointment to learn more about Oral Hygiene or sign up for our next "Brushing with braces class" please fill this form out and we will be happy to schedule you.