Excellent oral hygiene is the foundation to an excellent orthodontic result.
Let’s review a few important
points we talked about in the office today
Let’s review a few important points we talked about in the office today:
Clean braces are bright and shiny. Dirty braces are covered with a white, milky film of bacteria called plaque.
Plaque causes tooth decay, bad breath, swollen gums and eventually gum disease. As plaque builds up along the gum line, bacterial irritants cause your gum tissues to become red, puffy, sore, and likely to bleed.
Gums that bleed or swell have not been thoroughly brushed. Brush well between the gums and the braces.
The best methods for removing plaque are: proper tooth brushing and flossing. This daily oral hygiene home care program takes time—your time! But, it can also shorten the time you have to wear your braces.
A Few Reminders: