Hygiene Tips for Braces

Most children do not produce calculus (tartar). Thus, the importance of good brushing habits would entail the patient brushing for more than two minuets daily, “I advise the use of an egg timer, or electric tooth brush with a timer”. Then following up with a fluoride rinse, this can be done 1x-2x per day as to the incidence of cavities. The use of floss or water picks although helpful in most cases, for kids is unnecessary. For adults on the other hand, the process is a little more arduous. Most calculus build up is located behind the lower front teeth or lateral to the six year molar. With that thought in mind, I feel it is advantageous to use an electric tooth brush and toothpaste. Toothpaste containing baking soda seems the most effective, but there are so many variants out there predicated upon the conditions of ones teeth, I would follow the recommendation of your dentist. Here as an adult I would use either a water pick or some of the various interproximal utensils available on the market.


Dr. Roland Nentwich D.D.S., M.S.

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