Oral Hygiene

Your Desert Ridge, AZ Orthodontist

At Arthur Orthodontics, our mission is to help our patients achieve the very best in orthodontic health. Dr. Arthur and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to provide the absolute best in orthodontic care, and we pride ourselves on maintaining a fun, friendly office environment. But while the work we do in-office is crucial to your treatment, it's also vital that you maintain a strong, consistent oral hygiene regimen at home. In addition to the basics of brushing and flossing, during treatment, there are a few more things you'll need to keep in mind to maintain oral health. This page will specialize some of the orthodontic-specific tools and procedures you'll need to keep your teeth clean and healthy during treatment.

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush, or interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush, is a great tool for quickly cleaning underneath and around the wires of your braces. Shaped like a tiny pine tree, it's perfect for knocking food particles out of your brackets and wires - just be gentle to make sure you avoid damaging your braces.

Mouthwash

It's important to use a hydrogen peroxide based antiseptic mouth rinse during treatment - we'd recommend Peroxyl. This will reduce inflammation in your gums and cheeks, helping to prevent infection and dampen any irritation you might feel from your braces. To use it, swish two teaspoons of Peroxyl around your mouth for 60 seconds then spit it out, using it up to four times daily. We recommend rinsing after every time you brush your teeth.

Topical Fluoride Gel

Another important part of your regimen is a topical fluoride gel - we'd recommend Phos-Flur. While it certainly doesn't replace daily brushing, it's a great way to kill bacteria and help replace minerals in tooth enamel that wear away after exposure to harmful acids. Unlike Peroxyl, Phos-Flur should only be used once a day before bed. Place a small strip on your toothbrush just as you would toothpaste, then apply it to your teeth for one minute. Spit it out, but don't rinse, and make sure not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after using - this ensures that the active ingredient stays on your teeth and does its job correctly.

Cleaning Removable Appliances

If you're using a retainer or other removable appliance, it's absolutely critical that you keep it clean. Make sure to brush it anytime your take it out of your mouth, and soak it daily to eliminate any food particles or bacterial growth. To do this, dissolve a denture-cleaning tablet into a glass of water and drop in your appliance. Not only will this help prevent plaque build up and kill bacteria, but it'll also make your appliance taste better - quite a nice perk, if you ask us!

Contact Your Scottsdale, AZ Orthodontic Specialist

Have more questions about maintaining proper oral health or your treatment in general? We're here to help! Feel free to reach out to us at our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Scottsdale, AZ office. We can't wait to hear from you, and we look forward to helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!