The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatments have many recognized benefits in enhancing esthetics, function and self-esteem in dental patients. However, orthodontic appliances can cause unwanted complications of enamel demineralization, tooth decay and gingivitis. Deficient pretreatment oral hygiene and poor oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment is associated with greater incidence and severity of white spots lesions. Since oral hygiene behavior has an important role in not only oral care but in overall health.

Preventive measures to minimize damage include intensive oral hygiene instruction and monitoring and dietary education. At each visit, oral hygiene and dietary education should be reinforced.

Keeping plaque under control is one of the most effective means of maintaining strong, healthy teeth and gums. There are three general ways to do it: through diet, daily maintenance, and regular professional care. Taken all together, they’re your teeth’s best defence.


Diet pays a very crucial role in overall hygiene and health. A healthy diet ensures fitness. For dental health as well you can follow some of the dietary routines. Avoid foods that could increase your risk of developing tooth decay. That means cutting down or eliminating foods with an excess of sugar, like soda, sweets and ice cream. It also means avoiding foods that could easily get stuck in your braces, like toffee, gum and caramels. Extremely sticky foods or very hard food items can also cause physical damage to orthodontic appliances. Certainly braces or retainers with broken wires or loose brackets aren’t working to straighten your teeth. Keep eating healthy foods like carrots and apples by cutting them into bite-sized pieces first.

Daily Maintenance

Depending on the situation your family dentist will recommend some of the following ways:

  • Usage of interdental brushes to clean spaces between the teeth
  • Soft headed toothbrushes to avoid any kind of damage to your teeth or gums post treatment
  • Use disclosing tablets post brushing to prevent plaque build up
  • Carry travel toothbrushes
  • Superfloss to safeguard your braces
  • Use mouthwash

Regular Dental Visits

To have a successful orthodontic treatment you must have regular dental checkups to avoid damaging of braces or brackets.

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