Oral health instruction
- A balanced diet is essential for developing strong teeth and reducing risk of decay.
- Try to avoid sweets and chocolate etc.
- Also try to avoid fizzy drinks, including diet varieties. Excessive amounts of fruit juice should also be avoided.
- The sugars and starches found in these products create plaque acids which damage the tooth enamel and can cause cavities.
- If you do eat these foods, try to do so with a meal, as the extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth.
- Tooth brushing is extremely important and should be done for at least 2 minutes twice per day, to remove plaque – the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
- A small headed toothbrush or an electric (rechargeable) toothbrush should be used.
- Brush in small circular motions with the bristles of the toothbrush angled into the gum line. Avoid the “scrubbing” action.
- When you have finished brushing, spit the excess toothpaste out of your mouth but DO NOT rinse with water.
- Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles that brushing misses. If plaque is not removed it can harden into tartar.
- Fluoride toothpaste may be used, as fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. For those at high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend fluoride drops or mouthwash.
- Use disclosing tablets on a regular basis to ensure that you are brushing in the correct areas and not missing anywhere.
Ensure regular dental check-ups, even during Orthodontic Treatment.