Oral Hygiene Tips with Orthodontics – Part 2 of 2

Let’s continue from where we left off in part 1 of this series. Maintaining proper oral hygiene with orthodontics can be complicated and through this two-part series, we help you in making things easy.

What can you eat when you have brackets?

One of the aspects that influences the health of your mouth is food. It is important that you eat a balanced and healthy diet.

Here are some of the foods you should avoid:

Eat very little sugary foods

Foods that have a high content of refined sugar such as soda and candy are harmful to the health of your teeth. These contribute to plaque formation and enamel discoloration.

If you consume sugars you should make sure your brush when finished. This will help you maintain your teeth health.

Avoid drinking dark drinks

Drinks such as coffee, wine and some soft drinks have a color that affects the enamel of the teeth if consumed very frequently. Another of the oral hygiene tips with orthodontics is brushing after you drink such beverages. If you cannot do it, drink plenty of water.

Avoid foods that can damage your braces

There are some foods that can adhere to your braces and even damage them. Some of them are:

  • Popcorn
  • Whole corn
  • Bubble gum
  • Some whole fruits like apple
  • Candy and some of its derivatives
  • Hard foods

Recommended foods to eat with orthodontics

The foods that will provide you with the necessary nutrients to strengthen your teeth, keep your mouth in good health and also take care of your orthodontics are:

  • Lean proteins
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

Avoid grinding or pressing the bite too much

Some people develop the habit of grinding or pressing their teeth. Both actions can cause serious damage to your teeth or your braces. Wear, sensitivity and cracks in the teeth are just some of the consequences that these customs can generate. You should also avoid eating your nails, opening bottles with your teeth, chewing ice and holding things with your mouth.

Avoid grinding or pressing the bite too much Some people develop the habit of grinding or pressing their teeth. Both actions can cause serious damage to your teeth or your braces. Wear, sensitivity and cracks in the teeth are just some of the consequences that these customs can generate. You should also avoid eating your nails, opening bottles with your teeth, chewing ice and holding things with your mouth. Visit your dentist periodically If you are carrying out an orthodontic treatment, it is essential that you visit your orthodontist regularly. In this way you can evaluate the progress or treat any anomaly that occurs. In addition, if any tooth decay or infection occurs, the dentist will treat it before it affects the treatment. Ideally, you should attend a consultation with your orthodontist once a month, every 45 days or when the doctor tells you to. It is important that if you notice that some element of your fixed orthodontics is not in good condition or has moved from its position, and indicate it to the specialist right away!

Visit your dentist periodically

If you are carrying out an orthodontic treatment, it is essential that you visit your orthodontist regularly. In this way you can evaluate the progress or treat any anomaly that occurs. In addition, if any tooth decay or infection occurs, the dentist will treat it before it affects the treatment. Ideally, you should attend a consultation with your orthodontist once a month, every 45 days or when the doctor tells you to. It is important that if you notice that some element of your fixed orthodontics is not in good condition or has moved from its position, and indicate it to the specialist right away!

What To Do After an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Healing after a surgery to the mouth, face or the jaws is a quick process and usually has fewest complications. Problems after surgery usually occur because you function your facial region. For example, you begin eating, breathing and talking too much in your process of healing. Know that the mouth is an organ that cannot be sterilized therefore, there is a high risk of infection to the oral wounds. This risk of infection increases if you begin playing with your mouth using your fingers or anything else. Smoking is another factor that increases the risk of infection in the mouth.

What you need to do post-surgery?

The most important thing that you need to do is rest because this is what speeds up the recovery process. It is specifically important in the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery. One needs to keep in mind that everyone recovers differently and in their own way, therefore, it is important to respond to how you are particularly feeling. Typically, people take about 3 to 4 days to recover and be able to resume normal activity. Some people even take about a week to recover.It is  not recommended to do any sort of exercises during the first week of post-surgery to avoid any sort of risks of a possible fracture.

So, what foods are you allowed to consume?

Right after surgery, it is very important to have a soft diet. You are not allowed to go ahead and start chewing heavy and hard foods. You need to prevent yourself from chewing too much. By chewing too much, you are exposing yourself to the risk of food being pushed into the wound which can cause a post-operative infection in the mouth. The most important precautions of food is to not use a straw when drinking because this increases the negative pressure in your mouth which can further stimulate bleeding. It is best to consume liquids out of a cup, but you need to be slow and steady instead of stuffing yourself with all the fluids.

How should I be handling the numbness and pain?

During the process of the surgery, surgeon usually use a good amount of long lasting local anesthetic. This lasts for a good 6 to 12 hours and can sometimes last even longer. This process is done on purpose to reduce the post-operative discomfort as much as possible. After you have gained consciousness, you are given a pain reliever that is tailored to your specific needs. This will ensure that you are comfortable instead of running back and forth between severe and no pain at all.

Will I suffer from post-surgical bleeding?

Yes. Every surgery has a bleeding aftermath. To handle the bleeding, you need to take two pieces of gauze and roll it into a shape of a cigar. Once you have made the shape, insert it in the mouth and place it where the wound is. Bite the gauze with a mild pressure to block any bleeding. During this process make sure that your head is elevated. This reduces the pressure on the face and thus reduces the bleeding.

Care And Maintenance Of Dentures To Remove And Put On

The removable dentures or call colloquially as to remove and put mouthpieces are some that can be placed and must be removed to facilitate cleaning this. They allow to artificially replenish the teeth to be able to return to the mouth the masticatory function, the phonation and, also, the aesthetic.

The removable prosthesis can be:

  • Full prosthesis. In total edentulism, when all the teeth are missing.
  • Partial prosthesis. In partial edentulism, when only some teeth are missing.

ADAPTATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE REMOVABLE PROSTHESIS

It is normal for the first few days, and even the first two weeks, the prosthesis to cause discomfort and discomfort. These strange sensations will gradually disappear. It is important to take her to get used to her. It is normal to have difficulties in speech since the prosthesis occupies a space that was previously free. So doing phonation exercises such as talking and reading aloud can be helpful.

In the first days it is usual to bite your tongue or cheeks, so it is recommended to chew gently and carefully at first and especially eat foods that are soft, and gradually change to foods of greater consistency.  In case the removable prosthesis produces painful chafing, mouthwashes or soothing gels can be used to improve its use and adaptation. If these are very annoying and long lasting, go to the dentist again. Wearing the prosthesis in comfort requires the necessary time with which the body adapts to it and restores movements to get used to it.

HOW TO PUT AND REMOVE THE PROSTHESIS?

The patient should be instructed on proper insertion and removal, demonstrating that he is able to do it alone. At first it may require a little patience but little by little one acquires the necessary skills to perform it autonomously. To put the removable prosthesis, it is recommended to use the fingers placing them in the area where there are the hooks (in partial prostheses). In this way, press with your fingers. To remove it, the prosthesis must be pulled from both sides at the same time with the fingers. It is important to never force the prosthesis to prevent its mismatch and the deterioration of any of its elements.

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CARE AND HYGIENE OF THE REMOVABLE PROSTHESIS

Keep the prosthesis meticulously clean, both the dentures and the dentures. Retained food waste must be removed, especially around the teeth and under the hooks in order to prevent tooth decay disease. It is important to remove waste and perform a toothbrush massage to prevent gingival inflammation. The mouth and prosthesis should be cleaned after each meal and before bedtime. In people susceptible to decay, brushing before meals is effective in reducing bacterial colonies. They can be cleaned using a small soft-bristle brush. When cleaning the prosthesis has to wash hands with soap and then remove the PROTES is as indicated. Holding it well, rinse the prosthesis first of all to eliminate food waste that may have remained in it.

With a special brush for removable soft bristle prostheses, brush the prosthesis with a mild soap gently both externally and internally, to properly remove all bacterial plaque and other residues that may be present in it. Once brushed, rinse with water very well to remove all soap. Then, you can proceed to place it again or, in the case of the night, not put it so that the tissues rest from the pressure to which they can be subjected.