Tooth Care with Braces
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This video shows you some advice from Dr. Jackie Demko, orthodontist on how to take care of those pearly whites with braces!

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Female: It's practical mommy for MyMommyManual.com, I'm here with Jackie, who is an orthodontist, she’s been in private practice for nine years. And we were just talking about the fact that everyone, it's seems to be a right of passage to go through and have braces as a teen. I know I have them for six years. Jackie: They say about 80% of the population can benefit from orthodontics. Female: Okay, so it's not my imagination. Jackie: It's not, no. Female: So what you can suggest, share some tips with us, with parents and teens about how they can maintain their braces and keep their teeth clean, because I know that was always a challenge. Jackie: Well, and you know if you think about it, the main age that kids get full braces on is kind of not the most responsible in your life. Sometimes a lot of them haven’t figured out how to shower and use to deodorant. So some tips for keeping the teeth health-free or healthy, so when the braces come off, they don’t end up having – Female: Oh my gosh! Can you imagine? Jackie: To even look like that. Female: You spent all of this time, all of this pain, all of this money. Jackie: Yup, and then having them coming off and have permanent scars on your teeth. It's not a good thing and it's easily avoided. The number one thing is good brushing, which the orthodontist or assistant should be more than happy to give a full lesson on at the day that they're placed, as well as visits at the office. At our office, we specifically—if they don’t—we give water grades for each visits, so every time a child leaves, the mom knows, thumbs up, thumbs down, and if it's not an A, which most no one gets A minus with us. Because A is perfect, A to me means there is no chance that you're going to have scar. Well, there's sometimes even the best brushes can get a little bit of—we call that a decalcification. So if they don’t get an A, they get a tip. And the other most important thing is that they go to their dentist for their checkups, because they are looking for the cavities. We are not looking for the little soft spots. We’re looking at the structure and the shape, and the alignment of the teeth. So you want to keep up, and sometimes go for more frequent cleaning, so actually we go over to find if a fair teenage boys not super responsible. Female: So give me an example of a tip that you would give a patient who gets a B. Jackie: A classic tip would be a lot of kids missed the lower front teeth here, so we will ask them to concentrate, right before their done, right before you get you toothbrush down, to angle the bristles out of 45 degree right to that area, and gently in small circles massage that area. A lot of kids will say, but it bleeds, or bleeds for a reason. Female: Because there's sensitivity. Jackie: Infection. Female: Right, right, okay. Jackie: But you can actually treat people infected gums and it will very quickly bleed, but it won't hurt. So as long as it's not hurting, then you're doing the right thing, you're flushing out what needs to be flushed out. If it's hurting, then okay, you're wearing your gums away. So there's a fine line, but asking questions always helps. When we know a child with carries, we will spend all the time we want with them, or they want with them. And having parents back in the treatment areas, I think it’s a wonderful thing, because they get specifically hear what instructions are given, when they're given, and so the appointments go quicker, lots of good thing from that. Female: Well, thank you so much, that was really helpful.