Oral Hygiene For People With Braces

We know that it can be quite a challenge taking care of your teeth with braces or invisalign on, but that just means you have to be even more consistent with your oral hygiene practices.

Brush and floss your teeth for good oral hygiene 

Each quarter we here at Dr. Henry’s office choose one area for the entire staff to focus on and due to the importance of this topic, last quarter it was on good dental hygiene. This means focusing on taking proper oral care of your mouth. Brushing and flossing regularly will help take care of your braces and teeth. This isn’t just about making sure your teeth look good, it’s about preventing gum disease and other oral health problems like gingivitis, tartar buildup, and decalcification of your teeth.

Adding oral health problems by having poor dental cleaning habits can worsen your situation by actually lengthening your time in braces. Not only that, it may even end up being a painful experience. In extreme cases we may even have to remove your braces while we let your gums & mouth heal before continuing treatment. Think about it, it would be a shame if your smile was perfectly straight and your bite fit well, but your teeth were all deteriorating and full of cavities!

Whether you are getting treated with braces or Invisalign clear braces, it’s important to keep your teeth clean. You may have noticed all of the new tools we put in place, from Waterpiks to new fluoride rinses, etc. Next time you’re in the office, ask any of us what new tools are available for you and check out the free items at the comfort station up front!

Cheers to a clean, happy & healthy smile!