..Writing.Cleaning has become a fundamental pillar of everyday life since the pandemic began. According to a survey conducted by GSK Consumer Healthcare in collaboration with Ipsos, 74% of respondents have washed their hands more frequently than before. However, only 10% have brushed their teeth more frequently compared to before the pandemic. Maintaining good oral hygiene, as well as taking care of your dental appliances, is essential for daily health care. From GSK they offer several tips to take care of aligners, retainers and splints, among them, they warn that water is not enough to clean the dental device.
In this sense, they explain that like teeth, dental appliances need specific care that allows for the care of the mouth, teeth and gums. To help reduce the accumulation of bacteria, they recommend cleaning the dental appliance daily by introducing a specific product with antimicrobial activity into the daily routine. For example, its product Corega Orthodontics & Splints.
They also warn against brushing these aligners, retainers or splints with toothpaste, or cleaning them with mouthwash. Thus, remember that brushing with toothpaste can generate scratches in the material of the dental device. Specifically, microgrooves where bacteria can proliferate, which can affect oral health. In addition, they warn that mouthwash can also damage the material of the device.
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Also, do not put the appliance in water that is too hot or boiling. “Extreme heat will damage the retainer, aligner, or splint causing it to warp.” Another recommendation is to always carry the orthodontic case with you. "After the mouth, the next safest place for your invisible braces or retainer is its case or box, where you should keep it whenever you take it off," they say. In this aspect, an option can get several cases that will help you always have them located. «One option may be to get several cases that will help you always have them located«.
It is also important to clean the case where the invisible removable appliance or orthodontic is kept once a day since germs can accumulate in it. «For this you can use neutral soap with warm water and help yourself with a toothbrush to reach all the spaces of the box«. On the other hand, they advise always using both hands when putting on or taking off the removable dental appliance, and remember to wash your hands before taking it off or putting it on.
Another aspect that stands out is that referring to orthodontic fractures, where they point out that «the idea of self-repair is not good«. For this reason, they indicate that you should not use household glues and recommend asking the dentist for advice. "Many of them contain substances that should not be ingested or come into contact with the inside of your mouth."
For some people, aligners and retainers cause dry mouth and lips at night. For this reason, they recommend always having a glass of water on hand on the bedside table. As a solution to dry or chapped lips, they recommend applying a little lip balm or Vaseline before bed. Likewise, they defend the importance of "trusting the dentist", which will help to choose the most convenient dental appliance and adjust to the needs of each patient. In addition, it will provide advice at the time of replacement. And, above all, it will provide more concrete solutions to the problems that arise on a day-to-day basis.
Finally, they recommend the use of a specific cleaner such as Corega Ortodoncias & Férulas. As indicated by GSK, this cleaner can help stop the accumulation of bacteria that cause bad odor with regular use and help keep the removable dental appliance clean and transparent. “These effervescent tablets are designed with Crystal Clear technology to remove stains and help bring back the original colour. In addition, it has been shown that they eliminate 99.99% of the bacteria that cause the bad smell with just immersing it for 3 minutes“, they conclude.