Oral Care and Orthodontics

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Orthodontics have become a regular part of many of our lives as the number of both children and adults who pursue such orthodontic services as braces have continued to rise. While these services can do us great good, it is important to be aware of how they impact our oral hygiene needs. More surfaces in the mouth, especially ones with hard to reach underlayers, means more places for food to get stuck and for bacteria to grow. It is essential that you take as good of care of these orthodontic appliances as you would your actual teeth. For as long as the appliance remains in your mouth, you need to treat it as a part of yourself. Don’t hesitate to see the dentist for a Tulsa teeth cleaning, and let them show you the proper techniques for taking care of your oral appliances.

Proper Care

Make sure that you’re brushing properly and getting all the hard to reach spots within your orthodontic appliance. Food buildup in there can ultimately lead to all the same problems as food buildup on your teeth. It helps to think of the mouth as an ecosystem, with the appliance and your teeth both being part of that environment. What effects part of the ecosystem, effects the whole of it. Bacteria that grows because of food buildup along braces, for instance, will lead to increased bacterial growth along your actual teeth. Not only that, but the bacteria growing on your braces still produces the same waste products that cause bacteria on your teeth to eat through the enamel and cause tooth decay.

For Braces

Treat them like a natural component of your teeth. Brush them thoroughly, and twice daily, with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Floss as best you can around the braces and talk to your dentist and orthodontist about acquiring extra help in the form of such tools as a water pick. There may be a particular mouthwash that your dentist or orthodontist will recommend to help with keeping your braces clean. If they don’t, then it’s always a good idea to get mouthwash with fluoride in it and to use that in the morning and night when you brush your teeth.

For Retainers

Clean them twice daily with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Soak them in warm water mixed with one of the cleaning solutions designed for these products. Your orthodontist should tell you what solutions are best for the material and product that they’ve provided you with. If they didn’t tell you, or you don’t remember, don’t hesitate to call your orthodontist or dentist to ask for their advice. Such advice costs nothing and can end up saving you quite a bit of money by helping you to maintain your oral health and the integrity of your orthodontic appliance.

Rely on the Experts

Both your orthodontist and your dentist are committed to helping you maintain positive oral health. Make use of them. If you experience difficulties, or simply have some questions, never hesitate to give your experts a call. That’s what they’re there for. If you’re struggling with taking proper care of your orthodontic devices, or interested in seeing if such devices might be of use to you, then ask your dentist for advice. Schedule an appointment today.