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Oral Hygiene

Dr. Anderson's Oral Hygiene Suggestionsoralhygiene

  1. Brush after every meal.
  2. Before bedtime brush for six-minutes. After brushing, use the water pik. Rinse with a fluoride rinse. We may prescribe a fluoride gel.
  3. During treatment, continue to see your family dentist every 4 to 6 months for a cleaning.
  4. When brushing, always use a soft bristle toothbrush.
  5. Dr. Anderson highly recommends a waterpik and a Sonicare toothbrush.

Brushing while Wearing Braces

brush3Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After dinner
  • At bedtime



Waterpiking while Wearing BracesWaterpik-small

Waterpiking is an effective and refreshing way to clean between your teeth when wearing braces.




Flossing while Wearing Braces

floss2Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day. We recommend flossing at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed.

Use a reusable floss threader to floss under your archwire. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader, and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. Use care around your archwire, and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it.




Rinsing with an Antibacterial Mouthwash

rinseTo reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks, we suggest using a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse. This rinse will help prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of the hydrogen peroxide rinse for one minute, and then spit it out. You may use it up to four times daily following brushing. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, this hydrogen peroxide mouth rinse helps the inside of your mouth heal. It can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor injuries to the gums.

Using an Interdental Toothbrush

interdentalAn interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush is used to clean underneath and around your archwires and braces. Please use the interdental toothbrush gently to avoid damaging your wires.




Topical Fluoride

brush1We recommend using a sodium fluoride gel to help prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces. This gel kills bacteria and replaces minerals in the tooth enamel that have been removed by harmful acids. Using a fluoride gel does not replace daily brushing and flossing, but it should be applied following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of the gel on a toothbrush, and apply it to your teeth for one minute. Then spit it out. Do not eat or drink for 30 minutes afterward. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating, drinking or rinsing.

Cleaning Your Removable AppliancesmallClearBow

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule.

Anderson Orthodontics

  • Suffolk Office - 2490 Pruden Blvd., Suffolk, VA 23434 Phone: 757-934-3000
  • Franklin Office - 1301 Armory Dr., Franklin, VA 23851 Phone: 757-934-3000

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