A palate expander is a dental device that works move your upper and bottom teeth into alignment. The device applies a subtle pressure to your upper jaw in order to widen it. Over time, this will help to get rid of overbites and create a uniform smile. In order for your palate expander to be beneficial for your dental health, it needs to be cleaned regularly. Bacteria and food debris can get stuck between the roof of your mouth and your expander. If left untreated, this can cause a bacterial infection in your mouth. Fortunately, there are a few mouth rinses that you can use in order to keep your palate expander bacteria free.
Bee Balm Rinse
Bee balm is frequently turned into teas and oral rinses because of its antibacterial properties. These properties make it ideal for fighting off infection. In order to create a bee balm rinse, begin by placing three scoops of the dried herb into a small bowl. Pour hot water into the bowl until it is filled up. Cover the bowl and allow the herb to soak for several hours. Once you uncover the bowl, you should be able to smell the strong minty smell of the bee balm. Work the rinse around your rapid palatal expander. Concentrate on your gum line and on the roof of your mouth. Keep the rinse in your mouth for a minute, then rinse with warm water. Bee balm gives off a minty taste; therefore, the rinse can be used throughout the day to freshen your breath and keep your palatal expander clean.
Spearmint and Orange Rinse
Spearmint is another minty herb that contains powerful antibacterial properties. When combined with orange, you are left with a powerful mouthwash. Take a handful of fresh spearmint leaves and place them into a small pot. Fill the pot with water and place it on the stove to boil. Cut a medium sized orange into slices and place the slices in the pot. One the pot boils, remove it from the stove and allow it to cool. Once cool, work the rinse all around your teeth and dental device. Hold the rinse near the roof of your mouth for a few minutes before using your cheeks to move it around. Use the spearmint and orange rinse in the morning and night in order to keep your mouth and rapid palatal expander clean.
Your palate expander can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria if it is not cleaned properly. Therefore, use these mouth rinses to keep your dental device clean.
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