Oral Hygiene

 

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Topical Fluoride

Sodium fluoride products helps prevent tooth decay and enamel decalcification while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. These products does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliances and Retainers

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, brush the appliance daily. Place appliances and/or retainers in a mixture of 8 oz water and 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar  once or twice a week. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.