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Do I Need To See a Hygienist During Orthodontic Treatment?

dental hygiene

Good oral hygiene is paramount before, during and after orthodontic treatment. A good dentist or orthodontist will not carry out braces treatment if the patient has poor oral hygiene and/or gum disease.

It is normally recommended that a patient sees a hygienist every 3-6 months whilst they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. This is to ensure that the teeth, gums and orthodontic appliance are being cleaned well.

What is a good oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment?

Brush your teeth for 2 minutes three times per day ideally with an electric tooth brush. We normally recommend a Phillips sonicare tooth brush or an Oral B 5000 – these are both shown below.

Philips Sonicare Brush

Oral B 5000 Brush

Use tepe interdental brushes to clean those difficult places to reach between the teeth.

Interdental Brushes

Use a disclosing solution/tablet prior to brushing to show up where the plaque is sitting.

Disclosing solution and tablets

Use a fluoride based mouth wash.

Fluoride Mouth Wash

Consider the use of a Phillips air floss.

Phillips Sonicare Brush

Consider the use of a water pik device.

Water Pik Flossing

Book Your Hygiene Appointment Today

All the above are very useful in maintaining a healthy oral hygiene. It is still recommended to see your hygienist a couple of times a year so they can ensure you are orally healthy. To book your hygiene appointment please do not hesitate to call us today.

Do you still have unanswered questions? Please feel free to submit them below!

By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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