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Oral Hygiene

Care of your teeth and orthodontic appliances
When you have braces you must be sure to brush your teeth and gums better than ever before.

We give all our patients going into full braces an Oral B Power Brush with special brush heads designated for braces. (view the video to the right)

Extra care must be taken in the area between the gums and braces (sometimes called the “Danger Zone”).

Food that collects around your braces and wires can cause permanent unsightly decalcified enamel and cavities.

Decalcified Enamel (white spots) and marginal gingivitis (unhealthy gums) from poor brushing.

Cavities from poor brushing. Note: patient also has marginal gingivitis, and decalcified enamel which been exacerbated by drinking 2 colas a day.

Beautiful, healthy teeth and gums from excellent brushing and flossing during braces.

How to Keep Your Teeth Clean
• Brush first thing in the morning for at least 3 minutes. Brush tongue too (eliminates “morning breath”).

• Brush last thing before bed, again for 3 minutes.

• Brush briefly after eating. Carry a travel toothbrush with you. Food hanging from the braces is unsightly to others and can cause unpleasant odors, so be sure to keep your teeth clean.

The Best Brushing Technique
Concentrate on the “Danger Zone” – where tooth and gums meet. Brush the inside and the outside, keeping the bristles angled against the gum line, and then brush across the biting surface of each tooth.

Use the compact Interdental brush we give all our patients to brush under the archwire between the teeth.
(View the video to the right)

If gums get sore or bleed, it does mean you need to stop brushing it means you need to brush more! REMEMBER: A CLEAN MOUTH IS A HEALTHY MOUTH! HEALTHY GUMS DO NOT BLEED.

ALWAYS CHECK IN THE MIRROR TO BE SURE YOUR TEETH AND GUMS ARE CLEAN AND YOUR BRACES SHINY.

Decalcified Enamel

Cavities

Beautiful, healthy teeth and gums