Oral Hygiene & Braces Care

Oral Hygiene & Braces Care

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.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouth wash, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Antibacterial mouth wash helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of antibacterial mouth wash (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use antibacterial mouth wash 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, antibacterial mouth wash helps the inside of your mouth heal. It can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

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.

For most situations, common sense will tell you what to avoid. Hard foods, sticky foods and foods high in sugar must be avoided. Hard foods can break or damage wires and brackets. Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires. Minimize sugary foods; they cause tooth decay and related problems. Nail biting, pencil and pen chewing and chewing on foreign objects should be avoided.

Eating with Braces

Examples of Sticky Foods to Avoid

– Gum (sugar-free or regular)

– Licorice

– Sugar Daddies

– Toffee

– Tootsie Rolls

– Caramels

– Starburst

Examples of Hard Foods to Avoid:

– Popcorn

– Ice

– Nuts

– Hard Taco Shells

– French bread crust/rolls

– Corn on the cob

– Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)

– Bagels

– Chips

– Jolly Ranchers

Minimize Sugary Foods Like:

– Cake

– Ice Cream

– Cookies

– Pie

– Candy

Only Once a Day: Rinse with water after enjoying these beverages

– Soda

– Gatorade

– Kool-Aid

– Drinks with sugar

– Candy

It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.