Dental Hygiene

When combined with professional dental care, proper daily dental hygiene is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of future dental problems.

How can I take care of my teeth between checkups?

We’re glad you asked!

At Oasis Orthodontics, our team wants to help you get the most out of your smile.

Good dental hygiene means taking care of your teeth at home, through:

  • Proper brushing, including brushing at least two minutes
  • Correct flossing techniques and tools
  • The right toothbrush
  • Using mouthwash when needed
  • Scheduling regular dental checkups

You may have special dental hygiene needs if you:

  • Are undergoing treatment with clear aligners
  • Have braces
  • Smoke or use tobacco products

As important as your at-home dental hygiene routine is, it cannot take the place of routine dental checkups. Routine dental checkupshelp keep your teeth healthy, remove plaque and tartar buildup, and spot early signs of:

  • Gum disease
  • Decay
  • Worn restorations
  • Other potential dental problems

What if I have problems between checkups?

We advise calling us if you have:

  • A bad taste that doesn’t go away with improved dental hygiene
  • Bleeding, puffy, swollen or tender gums
  • A nodule or sore on your gums
  • Pus in your gums
  • Abscesses anywhere in your mouth
  • Loose teeth

You also need to call us as soon as possible if you have:

  • Difficulty swallowing or talking
  • Swollen lymph glands in your neck
  • A temperature over 38⁰C

What about dental hygiene with braces?

Taking care of your teeth is extra important when wearing braces.

When wearing braces, you need to brush each time you eat. Bits of food can become lodged not just around your teeth but also beneath the braces. Use a soft brush to clean in those hard-to-reach spots, angling your toothbrush towards the gum line. Then, angle your toothbrush at a downward angle to clean towards the brackets. You might need to use a special tool when flossing. A floss threader or interdental brush will make cleaning between your teeth and around the brackets a breeze! Remember to be gentle: Manoeuvring around the brackets and wires can be tough, but you do not want to damage your braces.

How often should I see a dentist?

Dr. Hopkins can explain your ideal checkup schedule based on your dental health history and personal risk factors.

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