A proper mouth care routine is required for dental health. It should consist of two essentials: brushing and flossing. In some cases, you may need to use mouthwash. A common question, however, is whether or not everyone needs to use the product.
When combined with professional dental care, proper daily dental hygiene is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of future dental problems.
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:
You may have special dental hygiene needs if you:
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:
We advise calling us if you have:
You also need to call us as soon as possible if you have:
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.
Dr. Hopkins can explain your ideal checkup schedule based on your dental health history and personal risk factors.
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