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When you get braces on your teeth, it can be much more challenging to keep things clean, and there will be more tools recommended for you to use daily to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Braces make it more challenging to clean your teeth because of the brackets, bands, archwires, elastics and any other hardware that gets added to help move your teeth. Listed below are several tools you can use to help keep your teeth, gums and the braces clear from plaque accumulation:
An electric toothbrush is highly recommended when wearing dental braces because it can access more nooks and crannies and do a better job brushing than a manual toothbrush. It is tough to angle a manual toothbrush around the brackets correctly, and often the gum line is missed. An electric toothbrush helps to get into those tricky areas and can do more brush strokes in 2 minutes of brushing than you can do with a manual toothbrush.
A water flosser is a floss aid that helps to flush out bacteria from between your teeth and around your brackets and bands. A water flosser uses a jet of water (or you can put mouthwash into it) that you angle around your braces and gums to help keep them clean.
Superfloss/ Floss Threaders
These are both aids to help you use manual floss. Because the archwire prevents you from accessing between your teeth with regular floss, you need something to help you get the floss between your teeth from the side. These aids have a hard end on them to help you push the floss through the front teeth rather than going in from the top.
This is a small brush that is shaped like a Christmas tree that helps to remove plaque from between brackets. The brush is used to access underneath the archwire to clean the brackets' sides, where it is easy for food debris and plaque to be trapped.
Remember, while wearing dental braces, it is essential to have regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist and dental hygienist to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
If you have any questions about how to clean your teeth while wearing dental braces, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Silver diamine fluoride “SDF” is a potent fluoride substance used to prevent cavities, halt the growth of existing cavities, and prevent cavities from spreading to other teeth. It is made of silver, which helps to kill bacteria, fluoride, which helps to mineralize your teeth, and ammonia, which allows the solution stay concentrated.
How Is It Used?
Silver diamine fluoride is most commonly used on already existing cavities, to slow the progression. Still, it can also be used as a preventative technique to prevent cavities in high-risk cases. First, the areas are isolated and dried of moisture, as saliva can contaminate the areas and reduce the effectiveness of the SDF. Then the solution will be applied to the spot with either a brush or floss. SDF is proven to be more effective than fluoride varnish and doesn’t have to be applied as frequently to be effective.
Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride
- Helps slow/stop the development of cavities
- Kills bacteria associated with cavities
- Stops the spread of cavities to surrounding teeth
- Can buy time before a cavity needs to be fixed
- In some cases, it can eliminate the need to fix cavities on baby teeth before they fall out
- Only needs to be applied once per year
Side Effects of Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver diamine fluoride is considered to be safe and effective for all ages. Although there are some contraindications for use:
- When a person has a silver allergy
- When a person has any oral ulcerations, canker sores or advanced gum disease
- When there is significant tooth decay that exposes the inside of the tooth
The most commonly noted side effect is that silver diamine fluoride stains the surfaces it is applied to. This means the tooth surfaces, as well as the tissue it touches, with a grey/black staining. Typically this is unnoticeable when applied to back teeth.
If you are interested in discussing the benefits of silver diamine fluoride or believe you are a candidate for it, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment.