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Oral Hygiene

What to eat when you have braces.

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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We used Dr. Tringas for my daughter a few years ago when she needed braces and are now back for my son. Dr. Tringas has a great demeanor; he is very calm and easy to talk to. He explains everything in a way that is easy to understand. His staff is always very friendly and approachable. The best part is we never have to wait very long at all to be called for our appointment. I would highly recommend him. Amy V.
Dr.Tringas has been dealing with my sons teeth since he was in the third grade. We know how hard his case was and we have seen the great improvements that have taken place with him. We are very very thankful for everything he and his staff have done for him. Not everyone would have taken the time to talk with him and figure out that his palate needed help... the other sure did not figure it out. Dr. Tringas is the best at what he does and I would tell everyone I know that needs an orthodontist to go to him. Best in the game I say! Jeff V.
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