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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
Posted on 04/20/2017

Dr. Eves and his team at Tollgate Orthodontics would like everyone to know that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. We’d like to stress how important it is to be screened for oral cancer regularly as early detection is key to beating this disease. When detected early, the survival rate can be as high as 90 percent. However, if it’s discovered late, the survival rate drops significantly to between 20 and 30 percent. Therefore, it’s very important to see your family dentist regularly for routine checkups and oral cancer screenings.

Pursuing orthodontic treatment is an important step toward obtaining better oral health. Yet it’s important to take care of your teeth during your orthodontic treatment so that your perfect smile doesn’t arrive with other dental problems. At Tollgate Orthodontics in Rhode Island, we understand that your orthodontic treatment is an investment of time and money, which is why we strive to make your treatment as efficient, quick, and comfortable as we can. Those who wear braces are more prone to dental issues than those who don’t wear braces. That is why our board certified orthodontist wants to equip our patients with the proper information to maintain a healthy smile during their treatment.

Proper Tools

Having the proper tools can help maintain a healthy smile during your orthodontic treatment. Traditional devices are still useful, but in order to clean between the brackets and wires successfully our Rhode Island orthodontists recommend specific hygiene devices.

Proxabrush:

It looks like a small pipe cleaner, but this tool is used to brush in between your brackets and wires, and can reach places a standard toothbrush can’t.

Water Pick:

This device shoots a stream of water at your teeth to help remove food particles. It’s not a substitute for brushing or flossing, but can help amp up your oral hygiene routine by reaching places your standard tools cant.

Fluoride Products:

Any extra protection is awesome, and fluoride does just that. Fluoride helps prevent cavities, so our board certified orthodontics highly recommend using a fluoride toothpaste, or rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash.

Floss Threader:

Flossing with braces can be a little tricky. This tool helps patients floss in tight or hard to get places.

Brushing

At Tollgate Orthodontics, we recommend brushing your teeth up to three times a day, after every meal, to reduce your risk of cavities. Finding a proper toothbrush is key as well. Try using a soft bristled toothbrush that is the appropriate size for you. When you do brush, it’s important to take your time and brush thoroughly. Some individuals focus on each tooth while some divide their teeth into sections and then brush each tooth or section for a certain amount of time. How you brush is also important. Our orthodontist recommends brushing at a downward angle for the top of your teeth, and an upward angle for the bottom.

Flossing

At our Rhode Island practice, our orthodontists recommend that you floss at least once a day. Flossing reaches the plaque and bacteria that build up and get trapped between your teeth. By removing this debris, you can prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, if you don’t floss during your orthodontic treatment, it can cause spots on your teeth or gums to form over time.

Healthy Diet

Being cautious of your diet can also help your oral health. Many patients are aware of the crunchy and sticky foods they can’t eat, but making an effort to stay away from sugary food and drinks can help a lot as well.

Contact Your East Greenwich, RI Orthodontist Today!

If you have any remaining questions or concerns about our orthodontic practice, treatment options, orthodontists, or anything else, feel free to contact us today. Our board certified orthodontists at Tollgate Orthodontics know how important it is to choose an orthodontist that will help you obtain the smile of your dreams. We can’t wait to help you out on the path toward a straighter and healthier smile, so schedule a visit with us today!