By LaRoche Dental
October 21, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces   Floss  
The advantage of getting braces is that you are taking care of your malocclusion. The disadvantage to wearing an orthodontic device is that food debris and plaque bacteria are hard to remove, causing more exposure to acid.
 
Tooth decay occurs when enamel wears down, allowing bacteria to reside in those cavities.
 
To strengthen enamel and combat cavities, give yourself the allotted time to clean your teeth and use the correct techniques.
 

Braces ImageOral Hygiene 101 for Braces Wearers in Hollis

First, you will need your dental tools: toothbrush, floss and mouthwash. For braces wearers, floss will be your best friend.
  • Rinse mouth out with water to remove loose food particles
  • Floss between teeth using the “C” technique to get between the gumline and tooth
  • Repeat rinse
  • Brush teeth for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinse once more with mouthwash or water
 

Why should you floss first?

Floss can loosen the bacteria and floss stuck between the teeth, and this ensures optimal removal of bacteria with a toothbrush.
 
Invisalign makes maintenance easier, but that doesn’t mean you can get lazy with brushing and flossing. Bacteria will still cling to teeth and the removable plastic aligner.
 

Is It Enamel Erosion? 

Certain symptoms can indicate if the issue you are dealing with is enamel wear. Keep an eye out for the most common ones:
  • Sensitivity to temperature change
  • Sensitivity to sweet and acid food or drinks
  • Rough edges along the teeth
  • Yellow teeth (thin enamel reveals the yellowish dentin)
  • Dents on the chewing surfaces of the teeth

Call LaRoche Dental For More Information On Braces

If you aren’t sure whether it’s enamel erosion, come see us at our dentist office in Hollis. Call (718) 776-0600 to schedule an appointment.
 
Have you had braces before? What tips do you have to your keep you teeth clean? We would love to hear them!

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