BRUSHING & FLOSSING

Keeping your braces clean is a big job, but is extremely important in ensuring your treatment goes as planned, and your teeth are healthy when we remove your braces.

Failing to brush and floss your teeth will result in a number of issues. These can include:
  • Cavities
  • Inflamed gums / Gum disease
  • Decalcification (white marks on teeth)
  • Removal of braces before completion of treatment​​
It is important to remember:

FOOD + BACTERIA = ACID

ACID + TEETH + TIME = CAVITIES

Dr. Agapas will let you know how you are doing with your brushing and flossing at each visit, but it is your job to make sure you are keeping them clean.
It is important to keep an eye on both your teeth and your gums when determining if you have done a good job keeping them clean.​​
Your teeth and braces should be clear of any food and plaque.
Your gums should not be swollen and should be light pink in colour.
If you are noticing any swelling, redness, or tenderness in your gums, this is a clear sign you have not been brushing and flossing well enough. This will make brushing and flossing uncomfortable because your gums have been irritated, but it is important you thoroughly clean in order to make your gums happy again.
 
PUT THEM TO THE TEST
A great way to tell if your oral hygiene needs work is by using the scale below. Have a good look at your gums in the mirror, and compare them to these photos. If your gums match any of the photos with an X you need to spend more time on brushing and flossing.

DON'T BE THIS PERSON!

DECALCIFICATION

This is the result of leaving food and bacteria stuck on your teeth and braces. This is damage that has been done to your teeth and is difficult and in some cases impossible to have reversed. 
 

BRUSHING & FLOSSING INSTRUCTIONS

STEP ONE:

USE THE PROVIDED PROXIBRUSH TO CLEAN UNDER THE WIRE AND BETWEEN THE BRACKETS. MAKE SURE TO SCRUB THE SIDES OF EACH BRACKET WHILE YOU ARE IN THERE TO GET ANYTHING THAT MAY BE STUCK.

STEP TWO:

IF YOU ARE USING FLOSS THREADERS, BEGIN BY THREADING YOUR FLOSS THROUGH THE LOOP END.

TIP: TYING THE FLOSS IN A KNOT WILL PREVENT IT FROM FALLING OUT OF THE THREADER.

STEP THREE:

THREAD THE END OF THE FLOSS THREADER UNDER THE WIRE.

IF YOU ARE NOT USING A FLOSS THREADER YOU WILL COMPLETE THIS STEP USING THE END OF THE FLOSS.

STEP THREE:

THREAD THE END OF THE FLOSS THREADER UNDER THE WIRE.

IF YOU ARE NOT USING A FLOSS THREADER YOU WILL COMPLETE THIS STEP USING THE END OF THE FLOSS.

© 2020 by Dr. Timothy R. Agapas

(613) 634-2216    |    reception@bracesdoc.ca

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