Oral Hygiene

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Orthodontic Treatment in Urbana, MD

At The Village Orthodontist, we strive to make high-quality orthodontic care easy and convenient for our patients. Dr. Moles and our team of highly trained orthodontic specialists work hard to treat every patient on an individual basis, using the most advanced technology to design personalized treatment plans. But as much as the treatments we perform in the office are critical to your orthodontic success, what you do outside the office is just as important - and it all starts with oral hygiene.

Healthy vs unhealthy.

Oral Hygiene With Braces

Oral hygiene is a vital part of maintaining a healthy smile during orthodontic treatment. Braces and other orthodontic appliances worn during treatment are great for helping to align your teeth, but can also house bacteria and plaque - and that's bad news for teeth. Therefore, it’s extremely important to pay attention to your mouth and take steps to keep your appliances squeaky clearn throughout treatment.

Plaque: Your Teeth's Worst Enemy

Plaque is one of the main concerns in oral hygiene, and it's toxic to healthy teeth. Bacteria grow naturally in your mouth, but without care, they can multiply and grow into a biofilm that attaches itself to teeth. The bacteria within plaque take sugars and carbohydrates in the foods you eat and turn them into corrosive acids that eat away at teeth, eventually causing cavities. A strong oral hygiene regimen is critical for minimizing plaque and protecting your teeth from damage.

Oral Hygiene 101

How to Clean Teeth With Braces

As you might expect, the cornerstones of oral hygiene are daily brushing and flossing. While you're wearing braces or undergoing orthodontic treatment, you'll want to brush your teeth at least four times per day: once in the morning, once after lunch or after school, once after dinner, and once before bed. If you're wearing Invisalign, you'll also need to brush your teeth and your aligners every time you take them out or put them back in.

You'll need to floss at least once daily, and if you're wearing braces, this will require a floss threader. You can also use an interdental brush, which is a small pine tree-shaped brush, to clean the hard-to-reach areas in between your braces.

How to Clean Clear Aligners

Diet & Healthy Teeth

Brushing and flossing are critical, but they're not the only component to oral hygiene. You probably already know that diet is critical to your general health, but it has a big impact on oral health as well! Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for maintaining healthy teeth – especially while you're wearing braces.

Try to avoid foods that are high in sugars, carbohydrates, and acids, and if you're wearing braces, you'll also need to avoid foods that are hard or sticky, as these can damage your braces. Instead, opt for a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and low-fat cheeses and yogurts.

Professional Care

Brushing, flossing, and diet are all important for your teeth, but you'll still need to maintain a regimen of regular professional cleanings from your dentist. They'll give your teeth the full, deep cleaning they need, and they'll also be able to catch any dental health problems before they progress.

Contact Your Frederick, MD Orthodontist

We hope you've found this information helpful, and if you'd like to learn more about oral care, we're always here to help. Feel free to call us at 301-874-4747 for our Frederick office or 240-575-2877 for our Thurmont office. You can also reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online. We can't wait to hear from you, and we wish you luck in keeping your teeth healthy and strong through regular oral hygiene!