Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is imperative to the health of your teeth and the success of your orthodontic treatment. We will go over brushing and flossing with you the day you get your braces on and at follow-up appointments as needed. We will evaluate your oral hygiene at each appointment in order to make sure you are keeping your mouth clean and healthy. If oral hygiene becomes a problem and an adequate level cannot be maintained your braces may have to be removed early. This breaks our hearts so we always do everything in our power to help keep you on track with brushing and flossing.

Good Oral Hygiene Tips:
  • Brush your teeth at least 2X per day for at least 2 minutes each time. Time Yourself!
  • Always brush your teeth before you go to bed.
  • Floss your teeth 1X per day. Flossing is the only way to clean in-between your teeth!
  • Waterpiks are a great tool to have to supplement brushing and flossing. You can use a waterpik as many times per day as you want. It helps tremendously in getting food out between your teeth and in your braces. Flossing is still necessary even if you are using a Waterpik. We sell a variety of Waterpiks at our office if you are interested.
  • Electric Tooth-brushes are also a great tool for many individuals to improve their oral hygiene. Most have timers built in to ensure you are brushing for 2 minutes and they provide more strokes/minute then a manual toothbrush could ever. We can give you recommendations on electric tooth-brushes if you are interested.
  • Dr. Milnor may prescribe your child a prescription toothpaste that contains extra fluoride if brushing is challenging for your child.

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Our hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday from 8am to 5pm.


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