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***COVID-19 / Coronavirus Update***
To Our Valued Patients at Robinson Orthodontics,
On the evening of March 18, 2020, Governor Kate Brown announced a temporary Order/Mandate requiring all Oregon hospitals, outpatient clinics, and health care providers, (including veterinarians, dentists and orthodontists) to immediately cease performing all non-emergency procedures. We do not yet know how long this order will remain in effect, but we will update this notice and contact our patients directly once the restrictive order has been removed by the governor.
In compliance with this temporary order, Robinson Orthodontics will only be able to see patients who are experieng an orthodontic emergency. This includes:
•  Orthodontic-related pain that cannot be comforted with wax or over-the-counter pain relievers, Clipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliance that is piercing or ulcerating the mucosa.
•  Trauma to the mouth and/or braces that requires urgent attention.
•  Any orthodontic occurrence/situation that you feel could lead to a significant negative outcome if left untreated.
If you are uncertain whether or not your situation is an orthodontic emergency, please contact me directly at (541) 295-0667. I have received guidance from the Oregon Board of Dentistry to evaluate each patient on a case-by-case basis for emergency care, and I will make certain that you are cared for appropriately.
Our team at Robinson Orthodontics will proactively be reaching out to our patients who have scheduled appointments and assist them with rescheduling at a future date.
This is a challenging time for everyone in our community and throughout our country and the world. We appreciate your understanding and are grateful for your support and cooperation. Please stay healthy and safe!
Dr. Jon N. Robinson, DM

Braces and Dental Hygiene
Grants Pass, OR

Woman with braces being examined by an orthodontist at Robinson Orthodontics in Grants Pass, ORIf you are going to get braces, you know that they will work hard to correct the problems with your teeth and to give you an incredible smile. Here at Robinson Orthodontics, we will do our part in taking care of your braces. You need to do your part as well. Here are some tips.

Braces and Dental Hygiene, What You Need to Know

Taking good care of your braces starts with you. Proper dental hygiene is essential to keeping your mouth and teeth healthy.

Proper dental hygiene and your braces will start with what you eat. You will need to stay away from foods that are sticky such as caramel and gummy worms. They can leave particles in your braces, even after you brush. You should limit the number of sweets that you eat anyway because you do not want sugar in your braces. Wait until after the braces come off before you chew gum again. Avoid hard candies as well. Popcorn can also be a problem for a person with braces because the little bits of the kernel can get caught in them.

You will also want to break any bad habits that you have. This means that there will be no chewing ice, no biting your fingernails, and no chewing on the caps of pens when you have braces.

After you eat, rinse your mouth out with water. Swish it around a bit first, because this will help to get rid of any extra particles of food that are loose in your mouth.

You will want to take extra care when you brush your teeth with braces. Brush immediately after you eat. If that means that you will need to take a toothbrush to work or school, then do it.

You will start by brushing each area of the braces. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush each of the parts of the braces from top to bottom. Take a good look to make sure that you got all of the food out of your braces.

After you have finished brushing the braces, it is time to brush your teeth. Again, brush them one at a time, using a circular motion.

You will also want to floss daily with braces. We will explain to you how to floss with traditional braces when you first get them.

Do not forget to brush your gums as well. This is important since so much of your focus will be on your teeth. Also, brush your tongue. You might want to add an alcohol-free mouthwash into your daily routine.

These are the first steps towards making sure that you practice good dental hygiene with your braces. It is extremely important that you keep your teeth clean and free of food particles. You will also see us here at Robinson Orthodontics once a month or so. We will make sure that you are doing a good job of caring for your braces and your teeth. Call (541) 441-8288 if you have any questions, we are here for you.

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