Dr. Lee Boyd Pediatric Dentistry in Kentucky
Dr. Boyd knows that having a clean mouth during the orthodontic process can be challenging. While serving Kentucky over the years, he has come up with the best ways to keep up with oral hygiene. Think of it this way, your braces are now a part of your mouth and should be taken care of just as diligently as your teeth. Dr. Boyd is here for you to guide you along the way to take care of your braces.
Caring for Your Braces
Caring for your braces does not have to be difficult and we want to clear up any confusion for you. We have provided for you some helpful tips on how to take care of your braces, which will ensure good oral health as well.
Special Brushing Tools
Cleaning the areas around your teeth near the brackets and wires can be difficult which is why the interdental toothbrush (proxabrush) was created. On it is a small tuft of bristles that resembles a pipe cleaner. This can be used to clean the spaces under the wires and hard-to-reach places around the bands and brackets. Another useful tool is the oral irrigator or “water pick.” This is a device that shoots a small amount of water at your teeth that can dislodge bits of food that become trapped in nooks and crannies. The device uses pressured water to get rid of particles and is great before brushing.
As you know, flossing is always essential. This is also the truth when wearing braces. When wearing braces, you want to floss as often as you would without braces, which is about once a day. Getting floss under the archwire can be a challenge, which is why the floss threader was created. To use it, you want to pull one end of floss through the threader and push the threader under the archwire with the floss still in the threader. Now you can floss normally since the threader helped you get the floss under the archwire. Slide the floss up and down the sides of each tooth and under the gums. Use a new section of floss for each area.
One of the neatest ways to tell whether or not you’ve done a good job cleaning your teeth and braces is to use a disclosing solution or disclosing tablet. Created from vegetable dye, they dissolve in the mouth and highlight plaque and food debris that are still in your mouth. This is a great way to see how your oral hygiene regimen has been working or not working.
Any Other Questions?
Dr. Boyd and his staff are delighted to help patients find their way to becoming comfortable with their braces. We’re proud to serve Kentucky and we love our patients. If you have any questions at all about how to take care of your child’s braces, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We hope to see you and your family in the office soon. Request an appointment if you’re in the Allen, Paintsville, and Pikeville, KY area today!