Online Dental Education Library
Our patient education section is designed to enable you to learn more about dentistry and oral health related topics. The more we educate each patient, the more informed everyone is about their dental health.
If there is a topic you want to learn more about that you don't find on our website, please let us know.
You will find information ranging from what causes bad breath to how to read x-rays to oral cancer.
Please either click the blue arrow pointing to the right at the bottom of the page or click any of the links below to go directly to that page.
There are certain tips to follow for wearing, and properly taking care of, your retainers.
- Your retainers should be in one of two places at all times; either in your mouth or in their case.
- Take your retainers off while eating.
- Maintain good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing to eliminate plaque and prevent tooth decay. Wearing retainers does not mean that basic oral hygiene can be ignored.
- Retainers are fragile and can melt or get damaged very easily. Keep them safely in their case and away from hot places.
- Retainers are highly appealing to pets since they are both chewable and they have your scent so keep them in a safe place away from where your pets can find them.
- Your speech might be affected when you wear your retainers. You can get used to wearing a retainer by practicing speech using words with the letters f, v, s in them such as "every, fine, Mississippi, sixty six, seventy seven."
- Don't swim while wearing retainers. Take them off before going into the water.
- Do not try to adjust your retainer since you might end up causing damage.
- In case of loss or damage, make an appointment with us without delay since your teeth can shift in a short amount of time.