Idaho Falls Dental Group
(208) 525-8383
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Our office is now located at:
3830 South 25th East, Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Orthodontic Hygiene

Orthodontic Hygiene

Braces create small ledges, nooks and crannies for food deposits. If these areas are not kept clean, cavities and/or gum problems may develop. This makes brushing and flossing even more important while you are wearing braces. When you brush and floss, handle your appliances carefully so you won't break or loosen them. Following these brushing and eating tips will keep your appliances and your smile healthy.

Eating Tips with Orthodontics

While you are wearing braces, you can eat almost all of your favorite foods. Please stay away from these troublemakers:

- Sticky foods like gum, taffy and caramels
- Hard foods like apples and carrots (cut them into pieces)
- Crunchy foods like corn chips, popcorn and nuts
-Sweet foods like cake, cookies and candy

Brushing with Orthodontics

Be sure to brush your teeth right after every meal and before you go to bed. It's best to use a fluoride toothpaste to help fight cavities. Your orthodontist may prescribe a fluoride mouth rinse to help prevent cavities. Try to brush like this:

- Start by brushing the outside of each tooth at least 10 times.
- Then brush where your gums and teeth meet, using a circular motion.
- Brush the inside surface of each tooth at least 10 times too.
- Brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth last.

Flossing with Orthodontics

Because your toothbrush won't reach between your teeth, brushing alone won't keep your teeth clean and healthy. Flossing can help. A floss threader, available from us or a pharmacy, helps you floss with braces on. Floss one a day, like this:
1. Thread floss through the threader and slip it up behind your archwire.
2. Pull the floss between two teeth and up under your gum margins.
3. Rinse with lots of clean water, and watch your teeth and braces sparkle!

Remember to Brush with Orthodontics

You should be brushing at least three times a day - once at breakfast, at lunch and before you go to bed. If you are not able to brush after you eat, be sure to rinse thoroughly with water, and NEVER skip brushing at night before you go to bed.

Fluoride Use for Orthodontics

Use a fluoridated toothpaste. Your orthodontist may prescribe a fluoride rinse if necessary.

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  • 8:00am - 2:00pm

Contact Info
Phone | (208) 525-8383
Fax | (208) 523-6419
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