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!