Home Care

A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients.  Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal.  Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.

Tooth brushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.

  1. Place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
  2. Brush between wires and gums to loosen any food particles that may have lodged in your  braces. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
  3. Brush the inner surfaces in the same manner.
  4. Brush the chewing surfaces.
  5. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

 Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline.  Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.

  1. Use a floss threader and thread the floss through the end.
  2. Gently place the floss threader under the wire and between the teeth.
  3. Pull the threader through the contact while holding one end of the floss.
  4. Remove the floss threader once the end of the floss comes through.
  5. Form a 'C' and gently slide the floss up and down each side of the teeth.

Fluoride Rinse - Daily fluoride rinsing will help strengthen the enamel and help prevent white spots (decalcification).  

Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush.  If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

Use other dental aids as recommended by your dentist or dental hygienist: Interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride, medicated rinses, etc., can all play a role in good dental home care.