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Oral Hygiene

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Wright Orthodontics dedicates its efforts to educating local residents on proper oral hygiene so that everyone can have a beautiful and bright smile.

One of the most important parts of orthodontics is proper oral hygiene. With braces and other orthodontic appliances, food can easily get trapped in hard-to-reach places around your hardware. Therefore it is vital to take the extra steps to ensure that your mouth stays clean and healthy.

Dr. Wright knows how important proper oral hygiene is with his Atlanta and Marietta, GA patients and takes time to explain and teach them how to take care of their teeth during their treatment. The following are some of the recommended ways to maintain proper oral hygiene:

Interdental Toothbrush

An interdental toothbrush should be used to clean in between and around your wires and braces. The Proxabrush is the most widely used type and will help you thoroughly clean your braces as well as maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

By using an antibacterial mouthwash such as Peroxyl®, you can keep your gums and cheeks from becoming inflamed. With Peroxyl®, we recommend that you rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of the rinse for one minute up to four times per day following your brushing schedule. Please note that it is necessary to spit it out after rinsing. Using an antibacterial rinse is also good for treating general gum irritation, canker sores, cheek bites, and other gum issues.

Topical Fluoride

With a topical fluoride such as Phos-Flur®, you can better prevent tooth decay while wearing braces. Phos-Flur® works to kill bacteria and replace the minerals in tooth enamel that may have been exposed to acids from foods. To use it, simply place a strip on your toothbrush and apply it to your teeth. Let it sit for one minute then spit it out and avoid food and drink for 30 minutes. It is important to note that using a topical fluoride does not replace daily brushing and flossing.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

For patients with removable appliances, it is also important to clean them every day while brushing and flossing your teeth. An easy remedy for cleaning removable orthodontic appliances is to place them in a glass of water with a dissolved denture cleaning tablet. Not only will it stay clean, it will taste better.

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Dr. Wright is a leading orthodontist who understands that each patient has unique needs and desires. He has improved the lives of and given a bright smile to many people in and around Atlanta and Marietta. He and his staff are committed to helping you get the smile you have always wanted whether you are a child, a teenager, or even an adult. Call us today at 404-507-2078 (Atlanta Office) or 770-648-2835 (Marietta Office) for your free consultation!

Written by Wright Orthodontics March 7, 2014