Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Plaque Buildup around Braces

Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth and along the gum line. Plaque that is not removed from around the gum line can cause inflammation and irritation to the gums around your teeth. Red, puffy or bleeding gums can be the first signs of gum disease and if not eliminated with proper oral care, it can be detrimental to the metal in your mouth. Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS, encourages patients to maintain a rigorous oral care routine before, during, and after orthodontic treatment.

By brushing twice a day for two minutes in a circular motion, you will eliminate the pesky plaque that food leaves behind. Don’t forget that plaque will linger between the teeth, so it’s important to floss at least once a day as well. You should visit your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and oral exams. If your oral care routine needs an adjustment, Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS will give you a refresher.

If you have questions or concerns about orthodontic oral care, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at the practice, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.

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