Proper Dental Hygiene with Braces

Once you have your braces put on, it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene. Retainers, braces, wires and bands all tend to trap food particles making it difficult to brush or floss them away. Following these steps is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, gum disease and tooth decay.
 
Brushing
 
During Hesperia, CA orthodontics treatments, it is advisable that you brush your teeth four times each day to avoid stuck food particles between the teeth. Ideally, you could do this after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner and at bedtime.
 
Flossing
 
Flossing can take a good deal of time and patience while wearing braces but it is important. Floss at night before bed to ensure that your teeth are clean.
 
Use a floss threader to get under the archwire. To do this, you’ll pull a small amount of the floss from the dispenser into the threader. Then, slide it up and down each tooth. Do not use too much force or put an unusual amount of pressure on the floss.
 
Mouthwash
 
If you are concerned about inflammation of the gums, try using a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse. Not only will this prevent infection and irritation but often keeps the inflammation from ever happening in the first place. 
 
Use two teaspoons of the rinse for one minute at a time. This can be done daily up to four times after each brushing. 
 
Interdental Toothbrush
 
The interdental toothbrush is great for cleaning around the archwires and braces. Just be sure that you use it gently so you don’t damage the wires.
 
Fluoride
 
Use a sodium fluoride gel to prevent tooth decay while wearing braces. This gel is capable of replacing minerals in the enamel and killing bacteria. It is not a substitute for brushing or flossing; just another addition to your bedtime routine. 
 
Use a small strip on your toothbrush and apply it. Spit it out after one minute and avoid drinking or eating for at least 30 minutes.
 
Cleaning the Appliance
 
If you have a removable appliance, it is important that you brush and clean this as well. Food particles can accumulate and sit against your teeth. Soak it daily with a denture-cleaning tablet and water at room temperature.
 
If you are in need of Hesperia, CA orthodontics or if you have further questions about how to care for your braces, please call Family Specialty Dentistry at (760) 947-7777.
 

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