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Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene when wearing braces Pinehurst NC Laurinburg NC OrthodonticsPatients wearing braces need to be very vigilant when it comes to keeping their braces, teeth and gums clean.  By following our instructions on oral hygiene and by avoiding certain foods, you can maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.  Remember plaque is the enemy.  If plaque is left on your teeth and/or around your braces, you can develop swollen gums, bad breath, scarred & discolored teeth, and even cavities.

Care for your braces

Retainer Instructions

You should brush after each meal and before bed. At the least you must brush after breakfast and before bed.

Brush Correctly

  1. Spend the necessary time needed to brush your teeth correctly. (A two minute timer can be very helpful.)
  2. Be thorough. Brush every surface of every tooth including your gums and braces.
  3. Look in a mirror while brushing to insure that you are brushing correctly. Be extra careful with the spaces between your braces and gums. These areas are most susceptible to problems.

Flossing, at least once a day, is essential.

Dr. Michael Henry-Pinehurst NC Orthodontis - floss teeth at least once a day when you have braces

Flossing is the best way to remove plaque from the side surfaces of your teeth. Swelling of the gum tissue can be prevented and reversed by daily flossing and tooth-brush stimulation. Please note that swollen gums act as a barrier to tooth movement and will slow your orthodontic progress. Some orthodontic movements are impossible to achieve when the gums are inflamed.

Additional Recommendations

  1. Electric toothbrushes such as the Sonicare may be more efficient if used properly.
  2. Water Piks can be helpful in removing food particles that are difficult to reach but are NOT a substitute for brushing.
  3. Rinsing with Listerine in the mornings and especially at night will reduce the plaque build up on your teeth. Younger children will benefit from using Listerine Smart Rinse.
  4. Listerine Agent Cool Blue for kids is useful in establishing correct brushing techniques. When used before brushing, it tints teeth blue so kids pay attention when cleaning their teeth … plus it makes brushing fun!
  5. Regular dental cleanings every 4-6 months are essential during orthodontic treatment.

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