Although routine professional cleanings are necessary, daily care is even more crucial to prevent damage to the enamel surfaces. As your orthodontist in Melbourne, FL we recommend that patients brush at least twice per day for at least two minutes each time. Flossing and using fluoride rinse are also advocated nightly. We highly recommend waiting until hygiene has been proven to be excellent prior to starting braces. On the day of brace placement, we always thoroughly instruct patients on the proper techniques of brushing and flossing.
The most common areas to see hygiene problems are between the braces and the gums. Almost all patients do an adequate job cleaning the edges of the teeth, but plaque is often left along the gum line. If plaque is routinely left in the same place, decalcifications can result. Decalcifications are basically the earliest stage of a cavity, where the minerals are beginning to be lost from the enamel surface. Most of the time, there is not a noticeable loss of tooth structure, but there is an irregular white mark left on the tooth. These marks are very unsightly and they usually do not improve much over time.
As there have been significant improvements in the rates of COVID-19 infection and increases in the vaccinated population, we are now welcoming our patients and parents into our waiting rooms. There is no need to call us when you arrive. The wearing of facecoverings will be optional for our patients and their families, although our staff will be continuing to wear masks when in close proximity to others. We continue to take precautions for prevention of spreading COVID-19. We remain vigilant with our sterilization and disinfection protocols and we will continue taking additional precautionary measures as well. We still ask that you reschedule your appointments if the patient has been symptomatic in the last ten days or has been recently exposed to someone known to be infected with COVID-19.
We will continue utilizing only half of our operatories to maintain significant distance between patients. We ask that all of our patients thoroughly brush their teeth prior to their appointments to limit the use of our toothbrushing area. As always, we will continue to be committed to giving each of our patients the best experience possible!
Thank you for your understanding!
Dr. Reddick and the Reddick Orthodontics Team