Chapter 6. Oral Hygiene

  1. Fiona Grist R.D.N., B.A. (Hons) OU

Published Online: 28 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444325522.ch6

Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing

Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing

How to Cite

Grist, F. (2010) Oral Hygiene, in Basic Guide to Orthodontic Dental Nursing, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444325522.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 10 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333183

Online ISBN: 9781444325522



  • oral hygiene;
  • patients wearing orthodontic appliances, teenagers - always hungry and need regular intakes of food;
  • oral hygiene leaflet, way of helping patients to help themselves;
  • removable braces, having acrylic baseplates - trapping food between them;
  • removable appliance cleaning;
  • fixed appliances, not the easiest to keep clean;
  • regular tooth brushing, and flossing if possible - orthodontic patient has to be extra careful;
  • toothbrushes and brushing - sequence of brushing, every part of the mouth cleaned and nothing to be overlooked;
  • fluoride mouth rinse;
  • interdental brushes - food debris from biscuits and crisps, soft easily trapped around brackets and wires of fixed appliances


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • For Removable Appliances

  • For Fixed Appliances

  • Ways Patients can help Themselves to Prevent Problems

  • Getting the Message across

  • Support

  • The Unenthusiastic Patient

  • The Nurse's Role