Oral Hygiene

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.  Most patients find that this is a very beneficial tool during their orthodontic treatment.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, can reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Dr. Wheeler will suggest this rinse if we believe it would be beneficial for you.  Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Topical Fluoride

A topical fluoride may be recommended during your treatment. Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking.

Cleaning Your Removable Retainer

Brush your removable retainer every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your retainer just as they do on your teeth.  You may wish to soak the retainer occasionally to help keep it fresh.   Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other partial denture-cleaning tablet (or retainer-cleaning tablet)  in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your retainer. Your retainer will taste better, and you will help deminish plaque and bacterial accumulation.