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Looking after your teeth

People having orthodontic treatment need to be even more dedicated to keeping their teeth clean. This is because food can get trapped in braces very easily, which causes plaque to build up. If plaque is not removed, you run the risk of developing gum disease, dental decay and bad breath. Furthermore, patients with poor oral hygiene tend to find their treatment can take longer. 

Top tips for good oral hygiene

  1. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush as they are best for getting into those nooks and crannies around your appliances.
  2. Use a toothbrush specifically designed for brace wearers with longer bristles on the edges and shorter ones in the middle.
  3. Consider an electric toothbrush – studies suggest they remove more plaque and bacteria than manual toothbrushes.
  4. Brush after every meal.
  5. Make use of interdental brushes and single-tuft brushes to ensure you have removed as much plaque and bacteria as possible.
  6. Floss at least once a day. It might seem like you can’t possibly floss while you have fixed braces, but you can and you should. Specialist products such as Superfloss and Tepee brushes are available.
  7. Use a fluoride toothpaste.
  8. Use a fluoride mouthwash to protect and strengthen teeth.
  9. If you have lingual braces, make use of a waterpik®, which shoots small streams of water onto your teeth at high pressure to remove debris. They can be used as an aid in your oral hygiene routine, but not in place of brushing and flossing.
  10. Regardless of treatment, disclosing tablets are useful for ensuring you are brushing everywhere. The tablets use vegetable dye to highlight plaque or debris in your mouth. Once you see the spots, you can quickly remove them with your toothbrush. 

When you take up treatment with Pure Orthodontics, you will be provided with a starter pack that includes all the essential items to ensure good oral hygiene throughout your treatment. Replacement products can be purchased online or at the practice. 

For more top tips on looking after your teeth, download our flossing and brushing guide.

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