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Oral Hygiene Advice

Looking after your oral health is so important especially with orthodontic treatment. It can be difficult to brush, floss and take care of your smile as usual with orthodontic treatment. Follow these useful tips to help maintain optimum oral health.

Brushing Techniques with Braces – Oral Hygiene

Once you have your braces fitted it's just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine throughout the length of your treatment as it was before. Braces, wires, bands and retainers can all trap food and make it difficult to brush or floss away plaque. Careful brushing and flossing after eating is the best way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease. 

Using an interdental Toothbrush

An interdental toothbrush can be used to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the brush gently to avoid damaging your wires. This brush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwash helps to prevent infection, remove plaque and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. We recommend Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, Savacol, containing chlorhexidine, and Listerine, which will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. They can also be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for ulcers and bites. 

Topical Fluoride

We recommend using NeutraFluor by Colgate, which is a sodium fluoride product that comes as a gel and a mouthwash to help prevent tooth decay while wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel. The use of NeutraFluor gel doesn't replace brushing during the day or flossing but should be done as part of your night-time routine.

Make sure you follow the instructions carefully. Please note that you can't eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use NeutraFluor. 

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

You should brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing routine. Food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, so you should soak the appliance daily. Special retainer-cleaning tablets are available or you can dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablets in a glass of water and soak your appliance once every day. This will make your appliance taste better, and prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.