Oral Hygiene

Orthodontic Specialists
of Dallas

Joe D. Jacobs, D.M.D., M.S.D.
Monte K. Collins, D.D.S., M.S.D.
Matt Brown D.D.S, M.S

7859 Walnut Hill Lane
Suite 275
Dallas, TX 75230
Maps & Directions

Phone: 214-361-4528
Fax:     214-361-4560

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211 W 10th St,
Dallas, TX 75208
Neighborhood: Oak Cliff
Maps & Directions

Phone: 214-946-3663

Office Hours

Mon. - Wed. : 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

 

The Orthodontic Specialists of Dallas have been improving smiles for patients in Dallas, Grand Prairie and Irving, Texas for over 35 years! Dr. Joe Jacobs and Dr. Monte Collins are leaders in the orthodontic industry, providing the highest quality treatment available to their patients. We believe that a healthy smile begins with excellent oral hygiene, which is why we provide our patients with a number of tips and tricks to maintain good habits at home. Whether it is learning to brush and floss regularly, or discovering what foods are best to avoid for your braces, Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Collins want to ensure you maintain good oral hygiene both in and out of the office.

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the Proxabrush gently to avoid damaging your wires. The Proxabrush will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. Peroxyl helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use Peroxyl up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. Peroxyl can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Topical Fluoride

Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of Phos-Flur does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a small strip of Phos-Flur on a toothbrush and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You may not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use Phos-Flur. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

Brush your removable appliance every day as a part of your regular brushing and flossing schedule. Because food particles and plaque can accumulate on your appliance just as they do on your teeth, soak the appliance daily. Dissolve a Polident, Efferdent or other denture-cleaning tablet in a glass of tap water at room temperature and soak your appliance once every day. Your appliance will taste better, and you will prevent plaque and bacterial accumulation.

Schedule Your Next Visit Today

Thank you for choosing the Orthodontic Specialists of Dallas for all of your orthodontic needs. We believe in providing our patients in Dallas, Grand Prairie and Irving, Texas with the best tips and tricks to improve their oral hygiene at home. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your oral hygiene please contact us by phone at 214-361-4528. To schedule your next appointment, please fill out our appointment request form online and one of our team members will get back to your shortly. We look forward to seeing you again soon!