Braces require effective and regular cleaning
Whether it is an orthodontic appliance, a denture or an implant, proper maintenance of your braces is essential. Indeed, plaque is the first enemy of prostheses or dental corrective devices. Effective and regular cleaning is therefore of paramount importance but what are the right things to know and do in order to maintain good oral hygiene? That’s what we’re going to see now.
Orthodontics: how do you clean your braces properly?
Orthodontic appliances, more commonly referred to as “braces” are dental devices that allow teeth and jaws to be properly aligned using wires to apply a force to the teeth and make them move. This kind of treatment requires regular adjustments by the orthodontist to obtain the correct results and generally lasts two years.
Despite the braces, it is important to have good oral hygiene and it is crucial to regularly maintain the device, by cleaning it daily. To do this, before brushing, rinse your mouth to remove any food residue. Then, using a conventional toothbrush, make circular movements on the teeth to clean the rings properly. Run the toothbrush over the inside of the teeth, as well as over the chewing surfaces. Brushing around the hard-to-reach areas (under the wire and between orthodontic bands), should be done with a small round-headed toothbrush or an interdental brush.
Denture maintenance: how to clean effectively?
Dentures are the most common dental device used to replace one or more missing teeth. But just like orthodontic braces, it too must be carefully maintained. To do this, it is essential to remove them and clean them every day, using appropriate accessories and products. We recommend the use of a soft toothbrush, as well as a suitable toothpaste, recommended by your dentist at Monk Dental.
Even with full dentures, it is important to brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush every morning before putting your dentures in. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Pay special attention to cleaning teeth that fit under the denture’s metal clasps since the plaque that’s trapped under the clasps will increase the risk of tooth decay. If you wear a partial denture, be sure to remove it before brushing natural teeth and rinsing your mouth daily with lukewarm salt water will help clean the gums. Eat a balanced diet to maintain proper nutrition and a healthy mouth.
Dental implants: how to maintain them effectively?
Dental implants have a much longer lifespan than orthodontic appliances or dentures and this type of prosthesis can last for more than ten years. Nevertheless, proper maintenance is essential and for this purpose, the use of a soft toothbrush, as well as an interdental brush is strongly recommended. Flossing can also be considered, in order to perfect the cleaning as well as using mouthwash once a week.
Unlike dentures, dental implants cannot be removed and as a result, should be maintained the same way as your other natural teeth. Brushing twice a day will be necessary to avoid gingivitis, infections and possible instability of your prosthesis.
To benefit from a clean and durable dental implant, we recommended consulting your dentist at Monk Dental at least once a year. During this visit, your dental professional will effectively clean your prosthesis and give you sound advice on how to best care for them at home.