More and more patients are wearing dental appliances such as Nightguards, Orthodontic retainers Partial and Full dentures which if you are not careful can aggravate and accelerate any predisposing decay and gum disease. Wherever the dental appliance comes into contact with the teeth and gums this potentially can act as a plaque trap in stagnation areas. Dental appliances are best cleaned using soft denture or tooth brushes and left to soak in cold cleaning solutions like “Retainerbrite”.
In the mouth the stagnation areas are often on the tongue side, palatal and lingual teeth interspaces. As always, interspace brushes such as Te-Pe and Curaprox are the gold standard for cleaning. Every day please!