Proper Oral Hygiene

Fixed orthodontic appliances make tooth brushing and flossing more difficult. On the day your appliances are placed we will spend a considerable amount of time teaching you how to brush and floss with your new hardware.
Poor oral hygiene results in decalcification of the enamel (permanent white scars  which are the early stages of decay), and once decalcification appears it is NOT REVERSIBLE!! That is why prevention is so important.
In addition to decalcification, patients with poor oral hygiene are also at risk for tooth decay, gum disease and bone loss around the roots of the teeth. Our staff is particularly concerned with good oral hygiene so when your appliances are removed your smile is radiant!
Remember to keep regular dental appointments for cleanings while your appliances are in place!

Crest Ortho Essentials Hygiene Program

We are proud to offer our patients the Ortho Essentials oral hygiene program. It is our goal to help our patients have beautiful, healthy smiles as soon as possible. We believe that the Crest Oral-B Ortho Essentials oral hygiene program will help us get there! The Ortho Essentials program is a three-step oral hygiene program designed to boost oral health and hygiene practices for you, our orthodontic patient! When our patients have their braces placed one of our clinical team members will educate the patient on the importance of proper oral hygiene techniques and proper food choices. Our patients have the opportunity to be inducted into our Ortho Essentials oral hygiene program.


Each Ortho Essentials kit includes the Oral-B Triumph power toothbrush with a SmartGuide wireless display to provide feedback on brushing time and technique as well as the Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste and Rinse to help reduce plaque and gingivitis.
The Ortho Essentials kit also comes with an easy to follow 5-level Oral Hygiene Score Card ranging from poor to excellent. A score card that illustrates each level is provided to the patient so that our team members and the patient have a standard with which to compare their oral hygiene. At each orthodontic appointment a clinical team member will evaluate the patients oral hygiene using the 5-level score card and re-instruct as needed. A report card for that visit will be given to the patient. Patients must receive a score of 4 or 5 to earn wooden nickels at each appointment. The greatest reward for maintaining excellent oral hygiene will be your beautiful, healthy smile at the completion of your orthodontic treatment. Remember, it is very important to maintain regular hygiene appointments with your family dentist throughout orthodontic treatment.

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1625 McAndrews Rd Suite B
Medford, OR 97504

May Orthodontics offers the most effective orthodontic treatments available with financing which makes it more affordable than ever before. We create beautiful smiles for kids, teens and adults in and around Medford, OR.

Dr Gary May offers the most advanced braces for children, braces for teens and adult braces, including; metal braces; Damon clear braces, Invisalign for adults, Invisalign for teens, and more. Call: (541) 779-3003 FREE Consultation for braces or Invisalign at our Medford, OR Orthodontist office.