Dr. Daniel M. Eves, D.M.D, M.S.
Specialists in Orthodontics for Children and Adults

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500 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886

20 Clinton Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835

Oral Hygiene

At Tollgate Orthodontics, located in Jamestown and Warwick, Rhode Island, Dr. Daniel Eves and our trained staff feel that oral hygiene, and preventative habits are the keys to a perfect smile.  We are proud to provide our patients with a variety of treatments including Damon Braces, Invisalign, and BriteSmile teeth whitening to perfect your smile. However, once your braces are in place, it is of utmost importance to maintain great oral hygiene throughout the course of your treatment in order to prevent any future problems. You can practice good oral hygiene through brushing, flossing, rinsing, by using an interdental toothbrush, avoiding certain foods, and using your retainer.




Although it can be very difficult to do so with the presence of braces, brushing your teeth correctly is very important to your dental and orthodontic health.

  • Start off by brushing the outside of the teeth using a circular motion.
  • Next, Brush the area between the gums and the top of your braces. This can be done easily by angling the toothbrush down (for the top teeth) or up (for the lower jaw teeth). It is important to maintain a circular brushing motion throughout the brushing process.
  • Scrub and brush the chewing surface of the upper and lower jaws.
  • Finally, brush the inside of the teeth with a circular motion.
  • The back teeth are typically more prone to cavities and other dental conditions. Be sure to thoroughly brush teeth at the back of the mouth in order to prevent future problems


It is of utmost importance to floss at least once a day, due to the amount of food that can get stuck between your teeth as a result of having braces. A floss threader can help you feed the floss under the archwire of your braces.

  • Start off by pulling the floss through the threaders
  • Next, push the end of the floss threader under the archwire and pull the floss through
  • Pull the floss between the teeth and gently move it up and down on both teeth. It is very important to remember to reach the gums when flossing.
  • Once done with that tooth, pull the floss out and use a different section of the floss for the next tooth to maintain cleanliness


Once finished brushing and flossing, be sure to rinse your mouth completely with antiseptic dental rinse or water. Using an antiseptic dental rinse can help deter patients from minor gum inflammations and other irritations as a result of the braces or other orthodontic appliances.  Antiseptic dental rinses are also useful in cleansing canker sores, minor wounds, and other mouth and gum irritations. Rinsing the mouth is important in removing debris from the mouth in order to enable natural healing of different irritations.


A Interdental toothbrush (or proxabrush) is a very useful aid in maintaining good oral hygiene. This stiff bristled brush can be useful in keeping teeth, braces, and gums clean and healthy. This versatile brush can be used to clean under orthodontic wires and/or around the braces. Due to the stiff bristles on this brush, it is important to brush slowly and carefully to prevent damage to your orthodontic appliance.


During the retention phase, it is essential to clean your retainer every time you brush your teeth. You can do this by brushing your retainer. Once a day, you should also place your retainer it in a cup of room-temperature water with a dental cleaning tablet, such as Polident or Efferdent. This is important because food particles and plaque tend to build on retainers. Sanitizing your retainer will help prevent infections and will also keep your appliance tasting better. Refrain from using hot water when cleaning your appliance as it can lead to a distortion of the appliance.

Foods To Avoid

After receiving your braces, there is a chance that your teeth and gums may be sore for about a week; therefore we recommend eating soft foods until the discomfort subsides to ease the teeth into the process. After the discomfort subsides, you can eat just about any type of food, although there are some types of food that you should steer clear from.

  • Hard Foods- Foods such as ice, pizza crust, and apples. It is important to exercise caution if eating these types of foods because they can cause serious damage to the brackets, bands and archwires.
  • Sticky Foods- Like hard foods, these foods can cause serious damage to the brackets, bands, and archwires. Some sticky foods include licorice, caramels, and other candies.
  • Foods With High Sugar Content- Foods such as cookies, ice cream, and sugary drinks can do serious damage to the braces and teeth

At Tollgate Orthodontics, we believe that oral hygiene and proper orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign, Damon Braces, and BriteSmile teeth whitening are the key to a perfect, confident smile. We take pride in the countless smiles that we have perfected, and look forward to delivering flawless smiles to new patients as well! Please visit our Jamestown or Warwick, Rhode Island office or contact us to learn more about our orthodontic treatments! Our staff looks forward to hearing from you!