It’s important to brush and floss as instructed. Don’t let decalcification happen to your teeth!
Oral hygiene is important to maintaining the look of your teeth as well as for your overall health. There are a number of strategies that you need to keep up in order to ensure that you remain cavity free, with fresh breath and also free of health concerns like gingivitis.
If possible, everyone should be able to brush their teeth at least twice a day for 2 min. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste will help to strengthen your tooth surface as well as remove any food particles and plaque that might be found on the surface of teeth. Regular tooth brushing can help us to have fresh breath by removing the amount of plaque and bacteria in our mouths as well as keep our dental plaque to a minimum preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Remember to replace your toothbrush at least once every three months and to brush along your tooth and gum line to make sure all the plaque is removed.
Flossing is required to remove plaque and food particles from the spaces between teeth. Regular flossing at least once a day is a great way to keep your gums healthy and your teeth healthy. When food gets trapped in gums it can cause concern for bad breath, gingivitis and other health concerns.
A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces and can help you to remove up to 25% more plaque that might be missed through flossing and brushing while maintaining your healthy teeth and gums.
Using products like mouthwash and proper rinsing is also very important. Rinsing after you brush and floss will work to eliminate any of the bacteria that you have removed from your teeth and gums as well as all the plaque. Mouthwashes work to freshen your breath as well as eliminate more bacteria that causes bad breath and oral health concerns. Making sure to use mouthwash at least once or twice a day can help to increase your oral health.
Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.
Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking.
Cleaning Your Removable Appliance
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.