Oral Hygiene With Braces
As you know, regular oral hygiene is important to your overall health. However, those undergoing orthodontic treatment must be extra dedicated to good oral hygiene than those without braces. This is because braces trap food easily which contributes to plaque formation. Poor oral hygiene either with or without braces can run the risk of developing gum disease, dental decay and bad breath.
Brush your teeth and braces with a soft bristled toothbrush. Soft bristles will bend and get in and around your appliances. We also recommend one extra session of brushing per day. That means brush three times a day slowly and carefully, after meals is best. Don’t forget to floss once a day, it is also an important aspect of oral hygiene. Not sure how to floss with your braces? Ask Dr. Tzotzis or one of his staff, we would be happy to show you.
One of the most important aspects of oral hygiene with braces or orthodontic appliances is choosing the proper foods. Avoid foods that are gum-like, sticky or hard to chew. These foods can get stuck or damage appliances. Sticky foods do just that, stick to your teeth creating cavity causing bacteria. Orthodontic appliances make it easier for food to get stuck and for sugary and sweet foods to turn into plaque, so extra brushings and diligence is required.
Oral Hygiene With Retainers
Retainers and other orthodontic appliances must be cleaned regularly. Like your teeth they require daily maintenance. Orthodontic appliances have the tendency to trap plaque and food particles both in the appliance itself and on your teeth/gums. It is therefore important to maintain your daily brushing and flossing routines. As well, appliances need to be cleaned daily. They can be soaked in mouthwash for a few minutes then brushed with a soft toothbrush. Do not soak your appliances in hot water or solutions. If you wish to use a denture cleaning solution ask your orthodontist which would be best for your appliance. Some solutions can corrode or damage the appliance.