There are many toothbrushes to choose from and we appreciate that some can be quite expensive. We recommend you choose an electric toothbrush, ideally with an oscillating head. Special attachments are available to help you clean around braces. Examples of electric toothbrushes include Sonic or Oscillating models. When using an electric toothbrush hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and hold the toothbrush still! It’s a hard technique to master at first as we are so used to moving a brush. But trust me - it works!
When using a manual toothbrush always choose a simple design with no plastic within the bristles. Try and ensure all the bristles are the same length and shape. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line and gently vibrate the toothbrush back and forth over two teeth at a time for about three seconds. Do not brush too hard! This can damage the tooth and make the gums ‘move back’.
Remember whatever you are using:
This angled toothbrush means easier cleaning behind your lower teeth and better access to the back of the mouth where you may find it difficult to reach. If you tend to gag with a normal toothbrush then this ensures an easier and more comfortable experience. It is called an Implant Brush but using it around braces or tricky areas is absolutely fine. Again, use along the gum line in small circular motions.
Cleaning in between the teeth is vital to ensure the prevention of gum disease around natural teeth, implants and those with crowns or appliances. By getting in between the teeth manually you are able to break up the bacteria which are responsible for causing gum disease.
If you have a fixed appliance use an interdental brush in between the brackets and as a ‘miniature toothbrush’.
When using floss choose whatever works for you. It’s vital to ensure you get underneath the gum line. You see the tiny triangle of gum in between your teeth? That’s where plaque sits and that’s where you need to get the floss. Gently work the floss either side of that triangle and work up and down two or three times. Thread ‘Superfloss’ in between braces to achieve the same result. Our Hygienist can show you how to do this.
When flossing around implants use a thicker floss and get right under the Crown of the implant to floss to the top of the actual ‘screw’ of the implant.
These devices use water and oxygen to disturb the bacteria sitting in between your teeth. Please read the instruction manual for each product before use.
Mouth washes NEVER replace brushing or cleaning in between the teeth. Generally you should choose a Fluoridated, Alcohol Free mouth wash and use at a different time to brushing - such as after school or lunch time. Always ask your dentist or hygienist which one, if any, is right for you.
Toothpastes are designed to help introduce fluoride into the mouth and to help you effectively lift and remove plaque using foaming agents. There are also toothpastes designed to alleviate dry mouths, prevent sensitivity and help prevent tooth decay. There are also fluoride-free toothpastes if you prefer and toothpastes without foaming agents (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) if you have sensitive skin. When using fluoride it’s important to check the content.
We recommend the following:
Brushing is more important than ever. Be sure to concentrate on the area between the fitting surface of the plate and the gums. This is where the plaque collects and will cause unsightly build-up around your teeth and needs to be removed.
Use your normal toothbrush to clean your removable appliance. No toothpaste is needed for this and you can also use a soaking solution (2-3 times per week) to clean your appliances. This solution is available from reception.
Between meals, any foods that contains sugar (natural or added) should be strictly avoided! Meal times are not as critical and a normal diet can be followed.
Hard foods should be eaten with great care as they will damage or break the appliance: avoid chewing gum.
In general keep objects such as pencils, pens and fingernails out of the mouth. Do not fiddle with these appliances.
Should you suffer from any mouth ulcers or have any sharp bits digging into your lips or cheeks, please contact us and we will advise you accordingly.