Oral hygiene

Good oral hygiene between dentist visits is the secret to maintaining a healthy mouth and healthy body. Preventing tooth decay and gum diseases is the foundation to a lifetime of optimal dental health. However, during orthodontic treatment, the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay increases, as it can be difficult to brush and floss properly.

You must keep to a rigorous cleaning regime to prevent bacterial plaque build-up that leads to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. Here are some oral hygiene tips for you:

Preventing decay

When you have braces attached to your teeth, you will realise that cleaning or brushing your teeth is harder to do. Food particles can get caught between the braces and wires as well as your teeth, which can only be removed through careful brushing and flossing. If you don’t clean your teeth thoroughly with orthodontic braces, you can get permanent stains or decalcification on the surface of your teeth.

Diet

Eating too much sugary food and drinking sugary or acidic drinks can contribute to plaque build up. If you have braces, you will need to brush, floss and rinse after eating sugary food as it can get caught in your braces. This can significantly increase your chances of tooth decay.

Brushing / flossing / rinsing / tooth mousse

Although it is recommended that you should brush your teeth twice a day, we advise our patients going through orthodontic treatment to brush their teeth three times a day immediately after each meal, including lunch. We also recommend that you visit your dentist at least every six months for a routine check up, deep clean and fluoride application if necessary.

We recommend that you should use a small head and soft bristled tooth brush to clean around the braces. Moving the toothbrush backwards and forwards in small motions above and below the braces can help achieve proper cleaning. Flossing is also very important in oral hygiene as this can help remove food particles in hard to reach areas. A good antiseptic rinse is the final part.

Tooth mousse used on a regular basis will markedly reduce the chance of any enamel decalcification occuring during treatment: especially recommended if oral hygiene levels are not maintained throughout treatment.

If you need more information regarding proper oral hygiene, please feel free to contact us. Dr. Paul Dever and Dr. Phil Saxby and their friendly staff are standing by to provide you with information about oral hygiene whilst undergoing your orthodontic treatment.