Braces Hygiene Elmhurst
Now that you are in braces, it is very important that you brush and floss after every meal (about 3 min per session), in order to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You will continue to see you dentist or sometimes even a periodontist for regular cleanings and check-ups, every 3-6 months. Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. The reason for good toothbrushing is not only to remove the food left after eating, but to get rid of the plaque. Plaque is the colorless sticky film of food, bacteria and saliva that is always forming on the teeth, causing decay and gum disease if left unbrushed.
There are all kinds of toothbrushes, toothpastes and brushing techniques, but the following is one method we recommend:
1. Use a SOFT toothbrush (manual or electrical) and a fluoridated tooth paste (with American Dental Association’s ADA seal) to gently scrub all surfaces of the teeth.
2. Begin brushing the outside surfaces of all teeth by placing the brush AT THE GUMLINE and move in SLOW CIRCULAR MOTION. Pay special attention to the area between the braces, bands and the gum. This is where the truble starts, with decay and swollen gums developing if the plaque is not removed!
3. Brush the inside and brush the chewing surfaces of all teeth in the same scrubbing circular motion.
4. Look closely in a mirror to make sure all your teeth and braces, bands, hooks, ties and appliances sparkle! (regardless if they are attached on the outside or the inside surfaces of your teeth!, brush them all).
Electric toothbrushes can do a great job, but remember: it’s not the kind of brush you use, it’s how well (thorough clean of ALL surfaces), how long (3 minutes/brushing session) and how often (3-4 times/day) you us it! To make sure you get all the plaque you may use disclosing tablets or solutions that will stain any remaining unbrushed plaque. This way, you can see where to go back with your toothbrush to get it all!
Flossing can be done with the help of a floss threader, Superfloss or using a Waterpick or other oral irrigators/electric flosser devices to get this tedious but extremely important chore done.
Frequent use of suplemental OTC fluoride rinses (ACT mouthwash or Colgate Phos Flur rinse) will help prevent white or brown spots or demineralization surface lesions of the enamel due to unbrushed plaque and poor oral hygiene while in braces.
Please follow the instructions above using all the accessories in you kit and let us know if you have any questions.