Answers to your dental hygiene questions

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You asked, so here are the answers to your dental hygiene questions about maintaining your smile and aligners.

1. How do I brush?

You’ve done it for so long it has become an unconscious action, but how is it really done to do it properly? Hold your toothbrush at 45-degrees and gently brush back and forth in short strokes for 2 minutes. 20 seconds for each of the outer, inner, and chewing services on the upper and lower is 2 minutes. Then give your tongue a brush to keep your breath fresh.

Make sure you brush at least twice a day, especially in the morning and again at night before bed. During your treatment it is advised to brush each time you eat or drink anything other than water as your aligners reduce your mouth’s ability to naturally flush your teeth.

Also make sure you use a toothpaste with fluoride.

2. Is flossing necessary?

Short answer is YES!

The long answer is that brushing simply can’t get to all the surfaces that are required to clean. Flossing is beneficial as it accesses between your teeth and below the gumline that is more likely to collect food particles. Flossing at least once every day. Some find that a water flosser helps make it easier to integrate into your oral hygiene regime.

3. Do I need mouthwash?

It is not a necessity. Mouthwash freshen breath and helps to reach those spaces floss might miss. Some mouthwash can help prevent or control tooth decay, reduce plaque, and prevent gingivitis. Don’t use coloured mouthwash while wearing your aligners as you risk staining them. Similarly, coloured mouthwash might affect whitened teeth, so select a clear or whitening one instead.

4. How should a toothbrush be stored?

Try to remove water off your toothbrush after brushing then store it upright, separate from other people’s brushes and in a place where it can dry.

Moist environments, such as a wet toothbrush in a steamy bathroom or close container encourages growth of nasties that should not be placed in your mouth.

5. How often do I need to replace my toothbrush?

Whenever the bristles start to splay. This is usually every 3 to 4 months and more often if you’ve been sick. A worn toothbrush does not clean as effectively and can damage your gums. Expensive toothbrushes don’t clean better than a cheaper one, but a newer one with straight bristles aways work best so get cheaper ones so you don’t feel bad about regularly changing them.

6. Are electric brushes better?

If it electric brushes make it easier to brush, then use one, but they are not necessary as a standard brush can be just as effective. Some electric brushes include a time which is convenient in making sure you brush the required amount.

7. How do I clean my aligners?

Your treatment plan’s wear prescription is most likely 22 hours a day, 7 days a week, so they need cleaning as regularly as your teeth. There are expensive solutions such as ultrasonic machines, but a basic flush with fresh water and a brush is all they really need. You should brush your teeth after eating before slip your aligners back on. Don’t use bleach, alcohol, or other harsh cleaning agents, and don’t use boiling water as it can warp your aligners.

It’s interesting that SmartSmileCo treatment results in a renewed focus on oral hygiene, and customers note an improved focus on their dental health.

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