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Why Flossing is So Important While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment :)

March 2nd, 2015

Having braces or undergoing any kind of orthodontic treatment is truly an investment, so keeping your teeth in optimal health while in orthodontic treatment is essential to the health of your teeth and gums. Your overall oral health, of course, is important at any stage in your life, orthodontic treatment or not.

Dr. Varghese and our team understand that oral hygiene, especially flossing, is much more time consuming with braces, and sometimes our patients are reluctant to floss each day. Lets face it, even parents have told us, "Really? Thread each tooth? I do NOT have the time!"

The truth is that brackets, hold food, sugars, liquids upon eating. If these sugars are not completely removed on the front of the teeth, on the sides and behind, a cavity will be more prone to form. Having a cavity during orthodontic treatment may mean an extended treatment time and possibly more frequent visits.

When flossing, gently massage your gums in between the teeth. You will find that flossing with braces takes extra time, as you will have to thread each bracket. Remember, when flossing, there should be no signs of blood. If you do see blood, that is an indication that you are not flossing as much as you should be. Using an electric toothbrush is a great idea to massage your gums before or after flossing, as electric toothbrushes can help remove any harmful bacteria that are lingering in your mouth. By adding mouthwash to your routine will help break up any bacteria that has formed.

For a smooth and successful orthodontic experience it is up to you, our patient, to maintain optimal oral health by flossing at least once per day, brushing at least 3 times per day and keeping your regular visits with Dr. Varghese :)

If you have any questions about flossing, hygiene or your orthodontic treatment at Varghese Orthodontics, please don't hesitate to give us a call or during your next adjustment appointment!

Did You Know Orthodontics is NOT Just for Straightening Teeth?

December 22nd, 2014

Dr. Varghese and our entire team continue to work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth and a beautiful smile. It's always nice to have a smile full of evenly aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth keeps them healthier too?
Straight teeth leads to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your very own pearly white teeth for a lifetime, due to the fact that straight teeth are less prone to decay, a soft sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth, every day, throughout the day. When you visit Dr. Varghese and our spectacular team, we monitor dental hygiene at each appointment!

Remember that it does not take much to remove plaque. Brush longer, not harder :)
Please call us to schedule your complimentary consultation and learn how to keep your natural teeth for a lifetime!

Are You Visiting Your Dentist During Your Orthodontic Treatment?

November 11th, 2014

Dr. Varghese regularly vocalizes how important your regular dental checkups are for maintaining optimal oral health. Even though Dr. Varghese and our orthodontic assistants monitor oral hygiene during each visit, your general dentist can check for problems that might not been seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of tooth decay, as well as catch and treat oral health problems early. During an oral exam, your dentist can also check the overall health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing.

Dr. Varghese recommends dental checkups every 6 months, or as recommended, in addition to brushing 2-3 times per day and flossing daily.

If you have not been to the dentist in the last 6 months, please let us know during your next adjustment and we will provide a few great references :)

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