Now that you have your braces in place, it is just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen throughout the length of your treatment as it was before. Braces, wires, band and retainers can all trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing, preferably after every meal and snack, is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease.
Rinsing with an Antibacterial Mouthwash
Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.
Using an Interdental Toothbrush
A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Cleaning Your Removable Appliance/Retainer
Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.
Productivity Benefits of Dental Water Jet Technology
- More than 3x as effective as floss in removing plaque (biofilm)
- More than 5x as effective as brushing alone in removing plaque(biofilm)
- Clinically proven more effective than floss for cleaning around braces
- Reduces gingival bleeding by 85%
- Reduces gingival bleeding 26% better than flossing
Doctors are always looking for the next exciting new technologies that can help their practices. Waterpik® dental water jet technology is having a powerful effect for a number of our patients.
You are certainly familiar with dental water jet technology, but did you know that a Waterpik® can make a difference not only in patient health, but in practice productivity?
In the April issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, a study will document that a Waterpik® dental water jet using an orthodontic tip can reduce plaque and bleeding in orthodontic patients. Other studies demonstrate a reduction of inflammation around implants, crowns and bridges. With orthodontic patients, the Waterpik® dental water jet reduces plaque around brackets while reducing bleeding by 85% in only four weeks.
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The AirFloss is a revolutionary new product that makes cleaning between your teeth easier and a lot faster! Made by Philips Sonicare, AirFloss uses a quick burst of pressurized air and microdroplets to clean between your teeth and easily remove hard-to-reach plaque.
With the AirFloss, the nozzle is designed to fit at the gum line in the spaces between your teeth. This results in a gentle and thorough cleaning — removing plaque between the teeth in places where a toothbrush and floss are not able to reach. Water or mouthwash can be used with this system.
Benefits of AirFloss technology include:
- Clean teeth in 30 seconds
- Removes up to 5 times more plaque than regular brushing
- Safe and gentle on teeth and gums
- Easy to operate
Visit Philips Sonicare for more information.