Randy M. Feldman D.D.S, M.S., Chief Smile Officer of Feldman offers advice on the subject of proper oral care in this video and blog.
Your toothbrush is your major defensive weapon against tooth decay and decalcification.
You take your toothbrush after you put a little water on it and a little bit toothpaste and you brush above the wire. You brush down, above the wire, all the way around on the top arch, taking your time, doing a thorough job. Then go down to the bottom, head the bristles up, wiggle between the tooth and the wire, on the bottom teeth, all the way up. Then you do the opposite on the top and on the bottom.
So you've done the front surfaces of all your teeth cleaning up the braces really well. Now you need to still brush the rest of your mouth. You need to brush the inside of the upper teeth and then the inside of your lower teeth. Take your time and make sure you do a thorough job.
Then we do the backs of the upper and lower teeth. Brush those really good then you'll go and finally brush the tongue. Once you've done a real thorough job of brushing, now let's go look in the mirror and make sure you did a good job. Check the mirror, check your braces. Are they shiny? Is there food left?
If there shiny and bright and there's no food, you've done a good job and you're ready to go on to the flossing part.
We need to clean between the teeth. Children and young adults really don't have excellent dexterity so in our practice we use something called opal picks.
Start on the bottom, go between the back teeth and work your way around. Take the little plastic pick between the teeth all the way around the lower teeth, then go the same thing on the upper teeth. When you're done, then you can use the pick. Look in the mirror. Do a real thorough job. If there's any food to be left use a little opal pick to take out any food debris.
Randy M. Feldman D.D.S, M.S., Chief Smile Officer of Feldman Orthodontics will do everything possible to help ensure you are HAPPY and your Smile reflects that happiness.
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