Careful oral hygiene, and scrupulous attention to plaque control, is an important part of home care when it comes to having orthodontic braces.
Tooth decay, and gum disease rates are often higher in the presence of orthodontic braces. But both dental diseases are completely preventable by using some common, and handy dental cleaning habits.
The first is a good tooth brish, and lot's of toothpaste. Good orthodontists often have a dental hygienist or dental nurse to instruct you on good tooth brush technique. Remember the aim is to get rid of plaque, so the sudsing action of toothpaste, and a good agitating toothbrush does wonders for getting out food and plaque from around your braces.
Dont' blindly scrub though. A good toothbrush techniques means you are lookign in the mirror whislt you brush, and you are simply removing plaque and food debris… not braces and teeth and gum structures. Tooth brushing is not like scrubbing floors!
Normal flossing teeth is almost impossible with braces. Flossing is the only way to remove plaque that is in the hidden crevices between teeth. Its important with flossing to not damge the very sensitive dental papilla, which can lead to painful gums, and a defintit aversion to further flossing.
Buy “super-floss” from your chemist to help thread your floss under your dental wires, and have a dental hygienst show you a good safe way to floss.
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