Oral Hygiene in Torrance
Important Information about Caring for Your Mouth
When an individual turns to orthodontics to fix a spacing problem, straighten crooked teeth, correct an overbite or prevent an irregularity in their teeth or jaw from getting worse, they are making a decision to improve not only their appearance but the overall health of their teeth and mouth. That is why oral hygiene plays a very important role in orthodontic treatment. Braces, appliances and even retainers, can make it much harder to keep your teeth clean. Food collects in between your brackets, or in and around places you can no longer easily reach.
The only way to remove such deposits is through proper brushing and flossing. If food, deposits or plaque are allowed to remain on or in between the teeth, they can cause bad breath, irritation, a swelling of the gums, discoloration, staining, decalcification, and in worst case scenarios, serious gum disease or extensive tooth decay. While most people brush and floss daily, those receiving orthodontic treatments must adhere to a much more rigorous schedule of oral hygiene in order to protect their teeth and prevent further damage.
Tips for Oral Hygiene: Brushing and Flossing
When you come to us for your orthodontic needs, we will work with you closely to educate you on the proper oral hygiene techniques, as well as the importance of maintaining a standard oral hygiene routine throughout your entire treatment. If you have further questions, or would like to schedule an orthodontic consultation, contact this Torrance and South Bay orthodontist as soon as possible.
Here are some of our basic, daily oral hygiene recommendations:
- Brush after every meal with a soft bristle brush. It is ideal to brush within five minutes of finishing a meal, so we recommend bringing a travel or compact toothbrush with you wherever you go. If you are unable to brush, take the time to at least rinse out your mouth with water.
- Start with a back and forth motion across your teeth and gums to remove any food particles.
- Following that, you should brush in a circular motion between your braces and below your brackets. Brush only a few teeth at a time, and brush between 10-15 times in each area before moving on.
- Next brush the tops of your teeth, also known as the chewing areas, and then brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
- Rinse your mouth and do an inspection in the mirror to see if there are any food pieces or particles remaining. Be especially diligent with the areas directly under your brackets at the gumline and between your brackets behind the wire.
- If you have red, swollen gums, take the time to massage them with your toothbrush. Gums should look healthy with a light pink color to them.
- If you do not have an electric toothbrush, we highly recommend getting one as it will make maintaining proper oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment much easier.
- After you brush, it is very important that you thoroughly floss your teeth. In order to help you with this, we can provide you with a floss threader you can use to floss between each of your teeth.
Contact an Experienced Orthodontist in Torrance
For more than 40 years, James E. Eckhart, D.D.S., Inc. has been providing patients in the Torrance and the South Bay areas, with high-quality orthodontic services. We are committed to treating our patients in a friendly, professional and prompt manner. We believe in working closely with each patient so we know exactly what they are trying to accomplish and can provide them with the exact treatments they need to help them achieve their orthodontic objectives.
We are proud members of the American Association of Orthodontists, California State Society of Orthodontists, Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, California Dental Association, and American Dental Association. Dr. Eckhart himself is a board certified Orthodontist, as well as an Orthodontic Treatment Specialist, an Adult Orthognathic Specialist, an Airway Assessment/Sleeping Disorders Specialist and an Invisalign Specialist.
Do you have further questions about oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, or you need to schedule an appointment for treatment? Contact this Torrance and South Bay orthodontist.