Oral Hygiene – How it Helps or Hinders Tooth Movement

Oral Hygiene – How it Helps or Hinders Tooth Movement - Daher Orthostyle - Orthodontics in Vancouver

Good dental health requires proper care and attention of your mouth. Although you visit your dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning, the bulk of oral hygiene is up to you. If you are looking at orthodontic treatment, your oral hygiene will be a determining factor as to whether or not you qualify. Here are three things you should know about the importance of oral hygiene:


Oral hygiene isn’t just localized to the surfaces of your teeth, it also includes your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth. Each part of your mouth affects all of the other ones. Periodontal means “the tissue around the teeth.” Periodontal-related problems are often only discovered when they have been around for a long time. This often materializes as gum disease. Gum disease ranges from mild (gingivitis) to moderate and severe (periodontitis).

Common problems associated with gum disease:

Gum disease can be painful and affect the function of your mouth, not to mention the adverse effects it can have on your overall health. Receding gum lines, deteriorating tooth structure, gum depressions, infected gum line, and even tooth loss are just some of the problems caused by gum disease. With this in mind, it is fairly obvious that orthodontic treatment cannot proceed until issues such as gum disease has been properly dealt with.

How to prevent gum disease:

The effects of gum disease are damaging to your dental health. Although this disease is treatable, the best thing to do is avoid it altogether! Simply put, a daily oral hygiene routine will keep your mouth happy and healthy.

  • Brushing. Twice a day, make sure to brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure to reach all of the surfaces inside your mouth and keep brushing for at least two minutes.
  • Flossing. At least once a day, floss in between each tooth. Don’t forget your back molars! Your gums may bleed the first couple of times, that’s completely normal. But if you are flossing regularly and the bleeding persists, give your general dentist a call.
  • Regular Checkups. Don’t skip out on your dental appointments! Make sure to regularly attend appointments so that your dentist can let you know how your dental health is progressing, and if there is anything else you may need to do.

Ultimately, poor oral hygiene causes tooth movement to take longer, be less predictable and possibly less stable. Because of this, good oral hygiene is essential for successful and efficient orthodontic treatment. Here at Daher Orthostyle West Vancouver, we are happy to answer any questions about whether you qualify for orthodontic treatment, or need to focus on your periodontal health. Give us a call today! 604-913-1555

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