Greeley, CO orthodontist Dr. David Richter always encourages proactive oral hygiene, but while wearing braces it is even more important. For the health and longevity of your natural smile, it is essential to take proper care of your teeth and gums during the time you wear braces. Braces may make it easier for plaque and tartar to build causing tooth decay, discoloration or even gum disease.
Oral Hygiene & Braces
Continuing to brush and floss well while wearing braces is the first step to good oral hygiene. However, your methods may have to be adjusted slightly. When wearing metal braces be sure to use circular motions when brushing. This can help to remove food particles and plaque from the braces. While flossing, use the floss to pull under the archwire to help remove any build up.
If you have questions about techniques to most effectively clean your teeth with braces, our dental care team at Richter Orthodontics will be happy to help.
In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, Dr. Richter may recommend one, or all of these additional products for your best oral hygiene. These products are specifically designed to clean between your teeth and braces better so you can prevent the development of oral health concerns.
- Proxabrush Interdental Toothbrush: This interdental toothrbush can clean under and around the wires and brackets of the braces.
- Peroxyl: Peroxyl is a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse that can reduce inflammation in the soft tissues of the mouth.
- Phos-Flur: Phos-Flur is a topical fluroide gel that can help kill bacteria to reduce teh risk of tooth decay.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have any questions about oral hygiene, especially while wearing braces, contact our Greeley, CO orthodontist office. Our staff is always willing to help guide you and offer tips and tricks on how to best care for the health of your teeth and gums. Contact our office or schedule a consultation online.