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Oral Hygiene

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Brushing and Flossing



Interdental Toothbrush


A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.


Antibacterial Mouthwash


Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.


Topical Fluoride


Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking.


Cleaning Your Removable Appliance


Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

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Our daughter Katie B. has a beautiful smile thanks to Dr. Tringas. He watched her mouth develop over several years before finally putting her in braces. He consulted with her dentist & oral surgeon many times before doing anything. When he felt her mouth was mature enough to benefit from braces he put them on her. She wore them for two years without any problems. My older children who wore braces (put on by other orthodontists) had several cavities after they finished. Katie never had a problem. He is a wonderful, kind & patient doctor. I have highly recommended him many times to my friends. They have all been very pleased. Kathy B.
I remember having braces way back in 1975, you can imagine my surprise when I found out I needed them again in 2007! I was given Dr. Tringas' name by my dentist along with several other prospects. I set up my first appointment and after speaking with Dr. Tringas and his staff I knew I had found my orthodontist. My appointments were prompt and informative. I always felt comfortable and confident with Dr. Tringas and his staff, knowing they had my best interest in mind. I recommend Dr. Tringas to all my friends and anybody looking for an orthodontist who truly cares about his patients. Dr. Tringas and his staff are committed to giving their patients the best possible orthodontic experience, and this makes me SMILE! Jane F.
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