Our goal in the field of orthodontics is to deliver quality service to our patients and provide them with the beautiful smile they have always dreamed about. The most rewarding part of what we do is watching our patients leave our office at the end of their treatment with a new confidence from their new and improved smile. Additionally, our services can alleviate pain that patients have been dealing with for years. Not only do they look great, they feel great too!
Halloween is just around the corner! With most dentists and orthodontists expecting patients to be calling in to have their braces fixed or checked from issues caused by all that sticky, hard, and chewy Halloween candy, be the patient that sticks out. When you sit down in the orthodontic chair this month, use these tips to make your teeth look so great, your orthodontist will notice all your extra efforts right away.
Go High Tech. Using an electric toothbrush can make a great difference in cleaning your teeth. Electric toothbrushes are more effective at removing food and plaque in hard to reach places that manual toothbrushes don’t always reach. Plus, they make the process of brushing easier on the hands!
Floss, floss, floss.Flossing is essential to your oral health. It removes food and plaque built up in between teeth that, left in place, can become rotten or contaminated. This is what causes gingivitis and some mouth infections. While some people find flossing with braces difficult, the use of a water flosser can be a great way to floss better, safer, and more often.
Brush Softer. We all want our teeth super clean, especially when we are seeing our oral health provider. But sometimes brushing too hard can actually leave our teeth with more problems, ruining tooth enamel and causing receding gums. Use a soft toothbrush. Brush your teeth in a smooth, circular motion. In this case, hard bristles and scrubbing your teeth actually doesn’t help to make them cleaner!
Change your toothbrush often. Many patients don’t understand the importance of changing their toothbrush regularly. Life is so busy, people get stuck in a routine and forget to do simple things like swap out their toothbrushes. Old toothbrushes not only become ineffective, they can bring dangerous bacteria into your mouth. When a toothbrush is worn out, it doesn’t do a great job at cleaning your teeth. Toothbrushes should be changed every three to four months to avoid harboring harmful bacteria that could cause gum disease and gingivitis. Also make sure to change your toothbrush whenever you or your family become ill.
Set a timer. Many patients’ problem with brushing is that they do not do it long enough. In our busy lifestyles, we focus on killing that morning breath and rushing out the door. But just covering up your bad breath doesn’t do the trick when you are looking to leave your teeth clean and avoid oral health problems. Dentists and orthodontists recommend brushing for two minutes, twice a day. Some patients have reported setting a timer on their phone, listening to a song that lasts two minutes, or catching two minutes of the news before heading to work. There are also apps available for our phones that specifically cater to making sure we are brushing for the right amount of time, every time. Check out sites like Brush DJ for more information on making timing of your morning and evening oral health routine fun and effective.
Our goal is to make you smile, but the reward of our job is that most days our patients make us smile, too! Make us proud and feel good when you open your mouth for your oral exam. Your teeth will thank you as well!