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Monthly Archives: September 2020

  1. How to Keep Braces Clean

    How to Keep Braces Clean

    Keeping your mouth clean is important for everyone, but if you’re wearing braces, it’s essential. Braces can trap food and cause more plaque to build up than usual since they make it harder for your toothbrush to access the teeth. Taking proper care of your teeth and gums during orthodontic treatment is vital to avoid problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s how to do it properly.


    • As soon as braces are fitted, purchase the relevant specialist orthodontic products, such as an orthodontic toothbrush, anti-septic mouthwash, orthodontic toothpaste and dental wax, which protects gums against rubbing caused by braces. For removal braces, aligners and retainers cleaning tablets are also a must.
    • Make sure that teeth are brushed four times daily using a soft, rounded-bristle manual or electric toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, especially after every meal.
      Take extra care to clean your gums, too.
    • Fixed braces require extra care. Brackets, bands and archwires create highly effective hiding places for plaque that are very tricky to reach, so cleaning can take much longer. A single tufted interspace brush is especially useful for targeted cleaning around the brackets and along the gum line.
    • If you don’t maintain a high level of oral hygiene you may find that your orthodontist decides to remove your brace altogether!


    • Don’t forget to floss! Floss should be positioned under the main wire before it’s placed between the teeth. Every day, floss around brackets and at the gum line. Proxysoft Bridge & Implant floss has a toughened end making it ideal for threading between the gum and wire, alternatively it may be worth considering a water flosser.
    • Be kind to your teeth and help prevent a build-up of plaque. Avoid sweets and fizzy drinks and stick to more tooth-friendly drinks
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  2. What are the causes of dry mouth?

    What are the causes of dry mouth?

    What is dry mouth?

    Dry mouth or xerostomia, a condition that affects approximately 20% of the population, arises when the salivary glands malfunction and fail to produce sufficient saliva. Saliva is a key facilitator of most oral functions, most notably speech, chewing and swallowing and as such dry mouth can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life.

    What are the causes of Dry Mouth?

    The causes of dry mouth are many and ranging from such factors as stress and depression to smoking and old age. Dry mouth is also a common side effect of numerous prescription medicines, particularly; anti-depressants, anti-histamines, anti-hypertensives, analgesics and appetite suppressants. Those with diseases such as Sjogrens, dementia and diabetes as individuals needing oxygen or simply mouth breathers will likely suffer dry mouth.

    What is the impact of Dry Mouth on Oral health?

    Saliva provides an important natural defence against bacteria. Poor or reduced saliva flow will result in increased levels of bacterial plaque, leading to rapid tooth decay. Early prevention and protection is therefore essential to maintain healthy teeth.

    Is Dry Mouth reversible?

    This depends on the cause. If the dryness is a side effect to a particular medicine or the result of stress it may be possible to treat or regulate, leading to resumption in normal saliva levels. Where the malfunction of the saliva glands is due to aging, radiotherapy or Sjogren syndrome, then this is irreversible. Whether temporary or permanent there are a range of saliva substitute and stimulant products that are highly effective in alleviating the condition, allowing sufferers to significantly improve their oral function.

    What is the difference between a saliva substitute and a stimulant?

    In short a saliva substitute is an artificial substance that mimics the

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