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Oral hygiene forms an integral part of overall body hygiene and health. When you get braces or aligners on your teeth, it becomes difficult to clean the teeth. But that makes it even more important to follow a meticulous oral hygiene practice. A sticky film called plaque forms on the tooth, and it contains bacteria. Frequent brushing can remove this plaque, and if not removed, it harms the teeth and gums. Dr. Chris Wermerson of Wermerson Orthodontics, who is a specialist in Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, says oral hygiene in this period is a factor that can't be overlooked.
Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD
Brushing should be done using either a soft-bristle toothbrush or bi-level brush which has shorter bristles in the middle and longer ones in the edges. It is ideal to brush 3 times a day when you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Brushing should cover all surfaces of the tooth but the act of brushing shouldn't dislodge the braces. An electric toothbrush is also acceptable, provided the speed is moderate and the back of the brush doesn't hit the braces.
All advanced treatments in Orthodontics in Sioux Falls, SD, are available at Wermerson Orthodontics.
Fluoride toothpaste or rinse suggested by your dentist will help to fight tooth decay. Patients may find excuses not to floss when they have braces on the teeth but once a day is mandatory. Other oral hygiene tools such as interdental toothbrushes are also available. It is a good idea to avoid sticky and hard foods such as chewing gum, caramel, chewy candy, nuts, and hard candy as they can harm the braces and wires.
Lack of proper oral hygiene will lead to decay in teeth and gum diseases. So evaluation of oral hygiene by your dentist and professional cleanings during regular check-ups are essential.
For more information regarding orthodontics services in Sioux Falls, SD, schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Wermerson of Wermerson Orthodontics by calling (605) 274-0555 today.
Even masterpiece paintings need an appropriate frame. Likewise, our gums help bring out our teeth's beauty.
But gums are more than enhancements for our smile appearance—they're also critical to good oral health. In recognition of National Gum Care Month, there are a couple of reasons why you should look after your gums just like you do your teeth.
For one, the gums are primarily responsible for holding teeth in place. With healthy gums, the teeth won't budge even under chewing stress (although this attachment does allow for micro-movements). Diseased gums, however, are another story: Advancing gum disease weakens gum attachment, causing teeth to loosen and eventually give way.
The gums also protect the root end of teeth from pathogens and oral acid, just as enamel protects the crown. Gum disease can also foul up this protective mechanism as infected gums have a tendency to shrink away from the teeth (also known as gum recession). This exposes the roots to an increased risk for disease.
So, taking care of your gums is an essential part of taking care of your teeth. And, the basic care for them is the same as for your pearly whites: daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings. These habits remove the buildup of dental plaque, a thin film of food and bacteria that cause gum disease.
It's also important to keep a watchful eye for any signs of gum abnormalities. Be on the alert for unusual gum redness, swelling and bleeding. Because these may be indicators of an infection already underway, you should see us for an examination as soon as possible.
If we find gum disease, we can begin immediate treatment in the form of comprehensive plaque removal. If the disease has advanced to the root, we may need to access this area surgically to remove any infection. So, the sooner we're able to diagnose and treat an infection, the less likely that scenario will occur.
Ironically, something meant to protect your gums could also damage them. You can do this with excessive and overly aggressive brushing. Putting too much "elbow grease" into brushing, as well as doing it more than a couple of times a day, could eventually cause the gums to recede. Instead, apply only the same degree of pressure to brushing as you would while writing with a pencil.
As we like to tell our patients, take care of your mouth, and your mouth will take care of you. Something similar could be said about your gums: Take care of these essential soft tissues, and they'll continue to support and protect your teeth.
Do you want to give your child something that will benefit them the rest of their life? Then give them the gift of healthy teeth and gums.
Such a gift doesn't come wrapped in a box with a bow on it—you bestow it first by ensuring they receive the utmost in dental care during their formative years. Even more importantly, you instill in them good oral care habits that will protect their dental health for the rest of their lives.
Oral Hygiene 101. Daily hygiene—brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing dental plaque—is the foundation for maintaining a lifetime of optimal dental health. Early on, you'll have to perform these tasks for your child, but the true gift is in teaching them to brush and floss effectively for themselves (and your dentist can help too!).
How's my brushing? There's oral hygiene—and then there's effective oral hygiene. For a quick check, there's a simple test you can teach your child to make sure they're brushing and flossing correctly: Just after they finish, have them rub their tongue all along their teeth. If the teeth feel smooth, they've made the grade! If it feels gritty, though, they'll need to try again. (For better accuracy, you can also purchase a disclosing solution at your local pharmacy that when applied to teeth will reveal any remaining plaque.)
Eating for dental health. Instilling the values of proper nutrition not only promotes your child's overall health, it can also help them have healthier teeth and gums. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus, help build strong teeth and bones. Avoiding processed foods, especially those with added sugar, helps them avoid tooth decay or gum disease.
Mouth protection from injury. As your child grows and becomes more active, they're more at risk for injury to their mouth, teeth or gums. Help them break habits like chewing on hard objects, and insist on them wearing a mouthguard while playing sports. As they enter the teen years, encourage them to avoid “mouth jewelry” that could damage their tooth enamel.
These values and practices are often woven into the fabric of everyday life. They take relatively little time, but they can make a huge impact on your child's oral health future.
If you would like more information on dental care for kids, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”