Oral Hygiene | Maginnis Orthodontics

Maintaining Great Oral Hygiene

During Orthodontic Treatment


Parents and Patients in treatment, PLEASE spend ONE MINUTE every day to make sure that you or your children have brushed their teeth.

Maintaing Great Oral Hygiene

During Orthodontic Treatment


Parents and Patients in treatment, PLEASE spend ONE MINUTE every day to make sure that you or your children have brushed their teeth.

We want your teeth to look like this after brushing...

...not like this

An Example of Excellent Oral Hygiene

No plaque or food on the teeth. Gum tissue is healthy and pink in color. No blunting or interdental papilla.

An Example of Very Poor Oral Hygiene

Indicators Food and/or plaque is surrounding the teeth and brackets, covering most if not all of the bracket and tooth. Calculus deposits are present. Gum tissue recession is evident. Decalcification is evident.

We want your teeth to look like this after brushing.

An Example of Excellent Oral Hygiene

No plaque or food on the teeth. Gum tissue is healthy and pink in color. No blunting or interdental papilla.

We don't want your teeth to look like this.

An Example of Very Poor Oral Hygiene

Indicators Food and/or plaque is surrounding the teeth and brackets, covering most if not all of the bracket and tooth. Calculus deposits are present. Gum tissue recession is evident. Decalcification is evident.

Please take a moment to review the hygiene score system below.

Excellent Oral Hygiene

Good Oral Hygiene


Oral Hygiene Needs Improvement

Poor Oral Hygiene


Very Poor Oral Hygiene

Please take a moment to review the hygiene score system below.

Excellent Oral Hygiene

Good Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene Needs Improvement

Poor Oral Hygiene

Very Poor Oral Hygiene