Oral Hygiene


Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. Use the brush gently to avoid damaging your wires. It will help you to clean your braces while maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Peroxyl is an over the counter hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse, that will reduce inflammation to your gums and cheeks. It helps to prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces. Rinse your mouth with two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for one minute and then spit it out. You may use it up to four times daily following your schedule for brushing: after meals (or after school) and before bed. Just like using peroxide for a scrape on your skin, Peroxyl helps the inside of your mouth heal. It can be used for general irritation caused by your braces or for canker sores, cheek bites and other minor temporary injuries to the gums.

Topical Fluoride

Sodium fluoride gel helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. The use of sodium fluoride does not replace daily brushing and flossing but should be done following your daily schedule at bedtime. Place a pea size amount of the fluoride on a toothbrush, and apply it to your teeth for one minute and spit it out. You should not eat or drink for 30 minutes after you use the fluoride. It is important for the active ingredient to stay on your teeth for 30 minutes, so do not wash it away by eating or drinking. Dr. Neat provides fluoride at no charge to her patients while they are wearing braces.


Karen S. Neat, DDS, MSD 972-727-1153
430 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013