Oral Hygiene

Keeping Your Smile Healthy

At Sudbury Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. But creating and maintaining a perfect smile is about more than just trips to our office – although clinical orthodontic care is important, it's also vital that patients maintain a solid oral hygiene regimen at home. Daily oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing, must be followed to maintain a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile.

Oral Hygiene 

The only way to ensure a clean smile is through daily brushing and flossing. Food particles that accumulate on teeth and in braces turn into plaque overtime, and their interaction with bacteria form acids that can eat away at tooth material and cause dangerous cavities. We recommend our patients see there general dentist every six months for an evaluation and cleaning. If we notice significant plaque build-up, we may recommend more frequent visits. However, in between visits with us and your general dentist, it's important that you keep up a daily oral hygiene regimen including:

Brushing

Brushing, particularly once braces are in place, is paramount to good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth:

  • At the beginning of the day
  • After each meal and snack
  • Before bed

Flossing

Without flossing, you're missing about 33% of the tooth surface! You should floss at least once a day, and if you have braces, a floss threader will be necessary. To use a floss threader:

  • Pull the floss through the threader.
  • Push the floss threader under the archwire and pull the floss through.
  • Pull the floss between the teeth and gently move it up and down, wrapping each tooth as you go
  • Pull the floss out and repeat with a different section of floss for the next tooth.

Rinsing

After brushing and flossing, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water or an antiseptic mouthwash. This helps complete cleaning the mouth and removes any residual food or bacteria.

Interdental Toothbrush

An interdental toothbrush, or proxabrush, is a useful, pine tree shaped toothbrush that can be used to clean the spaces between archwires, brackets, and teeth. Proxabrushes are particularly useful after a meal. Be sure to use this device slowly and carefully to avoid damaging braces.

Retainer

During the retention phase, it's crucial to brush your retainer each time you brush your teeth. Just like your mouth, you retainer can accumulate food and bacteria that will hinder its effectiveness, so be sure to brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste and rinse it once a day in a glass of water with a denture-cleaning tablet, such as Polident.

Foods to Avoid

For the first week or so after getting braces, your teeth may be sore - take care to stick to soft foods to accommodate your sensitive teeth. While you're in braces, avoid hard foods like ice or pizza crust, as well as sticky foods like gum or candy. These can damage your braces, which will cause a huge headache and many more visits with us!

Tooth Decalcification

Tooth decalcification is a process in which teeth lose calcium, causing white spots to appear on the teeth. An early form of tooth decay or poor oral hygiene while wearing braces can cause decalcification. Regular brushing and flossing, at least twice a day, combined with semi-annual dental check-ups should be enough to avoid decalcification. If decalcification persists, additional treatment steps may be taken.

Contact Your Sudbury, ON Orthodontists

If you have more questions about maintaining proper oral hygiene or your orthodontic health, we're here to help. Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or schedule an appointment at our Sudbury office using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you, and as always, be sure to keep those teeth clean!

Sudbury Orthodontics

  • Sudbury Location - 250 Notre Dame Ave., Sudbury, ON P3C 5K5 Phone: 705-671-6261
  • Parry Sound Location - 5 Bowes St., Parry Sound, ON P2A 2K7 Phone: 705-746-9311
  • Espanola Location - 800 Centre St., Espanola, ON P5E 1J3 Phone: 705-869-0880

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