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Oral Hygiene Overview

For a brief overview of oral hygiene tips, please click on the image below. It will launch our educational module in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about oral hygiene.

Oral Hygiene Overview
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Brushing

You will notice that it is much harder to keep your teeth clean with braces. Food can get stuck in the brackets or between your teeth, and can only be removed by brushing and flossing. If plaque remains on the teeth for any length of time, it will leave a permanent white scar on the surface. Brushing after meals should become part of your daily schedule. Use a soft toothbrush with firm pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle to the tooth and gum; brush in small circles above and below the brackets. Click here for visual instructions. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Your toothbrush will wear out faster because of your appliances, so be sure to replace it whenever the bristles start to fray.  SoniCare toothbrushes are very helpful.  A Waterpik can be a useful addition but it cannot remove the sticky plaque that adheres to the teeth.  And don’t forget to floss!  Flossing is important and should be done every day.

Eating Habits

Please do not eat hard foods: nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots (cut them into pieces first), hard French bread crust and rolls, spareribs, corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating), and popcorn! These foods risk breaking brackets and wires. Also beware of nail biting and pen or pencil chewing habits, since these can damage your braces. Do not eat sticky foods: taffy, caramels, bubble gum, or sticky candy of any sort. Use common sense about most foods.

Absolutely No:

Gum

Sticky Foods such as:
  Caramels
  Sugar Daddies
  Starbursts
  Caramel Apples
  Sugar Babies
  Licorice
  Toffee
  Tootsie Rolls
  Now & Laters

Eat with Caution or Cut up:

Hard Foods such as:
   Nuts
   Popcorn
   Bagels
   Apples
   Corn on the Cob
   Pizza Crusts
   Carrots (uncooked)
   Doritos
   Pretzels

Eat much less:

Candy
Ice Cream
Cake, Cookies
Pie
Foods with Sugar


Drink much less:

Soda
Drinks with Sugar