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How To Keep Your Teeth Clean With Dental Braces

How To Keep Your Teeth Clean With Dental Braces

It can be tricky to keep your gums and teeth healthy while wearing dental braces. However, it is vital to do so properly to prevent cavities and gum disease. Listed below are essential components in an adequate at-home oral hygiene regimen.

Electric Toothbrush

While wearing dental braces, it is essential to use an electric toothbrush. An electric toothbrush will provide you with a superior clean. They can complete more brush strokes in two minutes than you can accomplish with a manual toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are also able to access tricky areas around the brackets, especially due to their smaller heads.

Water Flosser

A water flosser uses a thin jet of water to flush out bacteria from between the teeth, the brackets and the gum line. A water flosser can be used with either water or mouthwash.

Super Floss / Floss Threaders

For daily flossing, floss aids must be used to access underneath the wire of the braces. You can use either super floss, which is a pre-cut piece of floss with a ridged end to put between the teeth, or floss threaders, which are small loops to put the floss through. Try both options and use the method you prefer.

Proxabrush

A proxabrush is a small pipe cleaner like brush that is great to clean between brackets under challenging areas to reach — the bristles on the brush help to pull plaque out from the sides of the brackets.

Fluoride

Fluoride is an integral component in keeping your teeth healthy and free of cavities. Use toothpaste at least twice a day that contains fluoride as well as a mouthwash once a day that contains fluoride. Fluoride works by strengthening the enamel.

Regular Check-ups and Cleanings

Make sure to see your dentist and dental hygienist regularly for your cleanings and check-ups. It is recommended to come every 3-4 months while the braces are on to help keep your gums and teeth healthy.

If you have any questions about braces or keeping braces clean, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Is Pregnancy Gingivitis & How To Manage It

What Is Pregnancy Gingivitis & How To Manage It

Pregnancy gingivitis is a form of gingivitis that is caused by the change of hormones during pregnancy. The increase of estrogen will cause the gums to be more susceptible to inflammation and bleeding. Pregnancy gingivitis can affect pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy. However, it may be more severe in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Pregnancy gingivitis can also affect a new mother while nursing. Often, pregnancy gingivitis and its symptoms will subside on their own after birth and nursing of the baby. In some cases, if pregnancy gingivitis is left untreated, it can cause severe gum issues such as “ANUG” and “ANUP,” which are acute but severe bursts of inflammation in the gums and surrounding tissues.

Symptoms of Pregnancy Gingivitis

In most cases, pregnancy gingivitis results in slightly more inflamed gum tissues than usual. Gum inflammation, gum bleeding, red and puffy gums and sore/ tender gums are the main symptoms. Sometimes these symptoms can be paired with a pregnancy “tumour,” which is a bulbous, puffy piece of gum tissue usually localized between teeth. During pregnancy, the body’s response to plaque bacteria is increased, and therefore, there will be a more severe response than usual to plaque accumulation.

Preventing Pregnancy Gingivitis/ Reducing Symptoms

 

Sometimes pregnancy gingivitis is not entirely preventable, but it is possible to reduce the symptoms. Making sure you brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day is a vital component of keeping pregnancy gingivitis at bay. Using an antibacterial mouth rinse is also essential to reduce the overall number of oral bacteria. Make sure you rinse your mouth with water regularly if you are experiencing morning sickness. It is vital not to miss your regular check-ups and cleanings. Your dental hygienist may even recommend more frequent cleanings (every 3-4 months) for the duration of the pregnancy to keep your gums as healthy as possible and reduce symptoms.

If you believe you may have pregnancy gingivitis, or have any questions about it, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Why Custom-made Sportsguards Are Necessary

Why Custom-made Sportsguards Are Necessary

It is vital to wear a sports guard anytime you are participating in contact sports. This means if you are participating in a sport where your mouth could contact another person or object, such as hockey, football and basketball. Sports guards are thin, pliable pieces of plastic formed to your teeth to protect your teeth and jaw from injury related to sports. Injuries to the mouth are the most common facial injury in sports.

Types of Sports Guards

Boil and Bite – A boil and bite sports guard can be purchased at a store for less than a custom fitted sports guard. Once purchased, the material is heated up, and the wearer will bite into the material, leaving an impression of their teeth. The boil and bite sports guard offers protection for the teeth and jaw, but it lacks the protection offered by a custom-made sports guard. Boil and bite sports guards are recommended for children who are growing and losing teeth, as the investment for a custom mouth guard would only last a few months before it no longer fits. Between the ages of 13 to 16, when growth slows, and all adult teeth are in, it is recommended to switch from a boil and bite to a custom-made sports guard.

Custom Made – This type of sports guard is made in a dental office and fits precisely to the wearer’s mouth with a tight seal. An impression of the teeth is taken, and an exact model is made out of a piece of flexible plastic. A custom sports guard has a tight seal and offers the best protection against force and trauma.

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How to Care for your Sports Guard

Clean the sports guard after each use with a separate toothbrush and some warm water. Never use hot or boiling water on the guard as it may deform the shape. Never bite or chew on your sports guard. If the sports guard is no longer fitting as it did at the start, or if there are signs of chips and wear, it is time to replace the guard. An ill-fitting sports guard offers substantially less protection than a well-fitting sports guard.

If you believe you may benefit from a custom sports guard, or have any questions about them, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.