Preventive Care


About Preventive Oral Care

Because of the many types of bacteria in your mouth, it is always important to keep your teeth and mouth clean. It is critical to do so when braces are on your teeth. The braces, wires, springs, and ties increase the oral care challenge and provide an environment where bacteria can more easily accumulate. This in turn can increase your risk of stained teeth, cavities, unpleasant breath, and gum inflammation. Gum inflammation can slow down tooth movement, promote irritations that make orthodontics uncomfortable, facilitate recession or the development of gum diseases, and impact the risk, management, or control of a number of systemic health conditions (such as diabetes).

The importance of oral care is emphasized with a whole system and minimally invasive approach. Oral care is essential to prevention. The wellness model of care also embraces early detection, early intervention, and improved health related quality of life. In practice, this means whole system minimally invasive orthodontic care builds a partnership between the patient, the orthodontist and his staff, the family dentist, and, in some cases, other health care providers. This partnership is similar to the relationship you might have with a personal trainer.

On the placement of orthodontic appliances, we will assess your potential risks with respect to the control and management of:

  • Staining and cavities
  • Gum inflammation and related problems

Based on these risk assessments, we will recommend two oral care protocols:

  • A cavity management (or CaMBRA) protocol
  • A periodontal inflammation management protocol