Dental Tips Blog

Aug
3

Top 4 Oral Hygiene Aids for Braces

The better you take care of your teeth while wearing braces, the better your outcome will be.

Certain tools can make it easier for you to keep your braces clean and your teeth healthy during treatment.

Powered Toothbrush

The vibrating motion of electric brushes frees plaque from hard-to-reach places. This makes it easier for you to angle the brush head in different directions around your brackets for a thorough cleaning.

Additionally, many powered toothbrushes come with small brush heads designed specifically for orthodontic appliances.

Water Flosser

Water flossers send a powerful stream of water that you can direct between teeth, around wires, and along the gum line. “Flossing” with water is a good idea if you find it challenging to use regular floss.

You can get some extra therapeutic benefits from a water flosser, as well. Some devices let you irrigate your teeth and gums with a mixture of water and mouthrinse.

Interdental Cleaners

For those times when you don’t have access to your powered hygiene tools, it’s good to keep interdental cleaners on hand. An interdental cleaner is a small plastic appliance you can poke underneath the archwire to remove plaque from between teeth. It looks like a small pipe cleaner on the end of a handle.

Orthodontic Flossers

An orthodontic flosser is an inexpensive and disposable tool. One end of the flosser slips underneath the wire, taking a short length of flossing tape along with it so that you can clean your teeth without having to loop the floss around your wires.

In addition to the right tools, your teeth may benefit from extra fluoride and an antibacterial rinse.

Visit your dentist or orthodontist to find out which hygiene tools and tips are right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

May
25

How Much Time Do You Spend on Your Oral Hygiene Routine?

Good oral hygiene between routine dental exams and cleanings will help your teeth and gums stay healthy.  It’s actually not enough to just scrub a brush in some toothpaste bubbles for a few seconds. You need to invest a little more time in your routine to get the full benefit.

Is Your Brushing Worth Your Time?

Dentists generally agree that you should be brushing a solid two minutes to get any real benefit from the activity.

Dental plaque is made up of bacteria that coat themselves in a protective slime layer. This means that they can’t be killed off with toothpaste or mouthwash the way hand sanitizer kills germs on our hands.

It takes a little time to physically displace these germs which cause bad breath, gum disease, and cavities. A toothbrush is your best tool for removing the majority of bacteria.

When brushing, make sure you hit all the important areas:

  • Chewing surfaces
  • Inner gum line
  • Outer gum line
  • Backs of the last teeth in each arch

It takes a little time to make sure your brush is accessing all of these areas for a thorough plaque removal!

That’s Not All, Folks . . .

If your dentist recommends that you use a mouthwash, make sure you do that the right way, too. A strong fluoride rinse usually needs one minute to deliver the most benefit to your teeth. A lot of anti-plaque rinses require a solid 30-second swish.

Don’t forget the flossing! At least once a day make sure you run something between your teeth where a brush can’t reach. The time needed for this will vary from person-to-person, so check with your dentist about the routine that’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Pleasant Plains Dental
5850 W Hwy 74 #135
Indian Trail, NC 28079
(704) 815-5513

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