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Oral Hygiene

Healthy brushing and flossing habits encourage overall dental health, especially when braces are brought into the equation. Poor dental hygiene can cause residue to build up between your braces, which can cause plaque or even something as serious as gum disease. Having braces is a commitment that pays off, and the better hygiene you maintain with braces, the better the outcome will be!

Brushing

When brushing with braces, remember to use a toothbrush with soft bristles and fluoride toothpaste. This will allows for an easier brushing, allowing bristles to get into those small areas between the braces.

Small, circular motions will enable you to reach food particles that may be caught in the braces or under your gum line. They will also ensure that you get the entire surface area of your teeth, not just between the braces. Lastly, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth before rinsing. Remember to very detailed during this process, the more thoroughly you brush, the cleaner your smile will look and feel.

With braces, brushing is important several times throughout the day:

  • After Breakfast
  • After Lunch (or immediately after school)
  • After Dinner
  • Before Bedtime

Your toothbrush will definitely need to be replaced more frequently now that you are brushing more often. The first sign of frayed bristles should be a good indicator that it is time for a new toothbrush.

Flossing

No matter how well you brush, there will always be leftover food particles in the hardest to reach places between your braces. Flossing is important without braces, but now that you have more crevices for debris to hide in, it is especially important to floss every day.

When you have braces, the importance of flossing everyday (if not several times a day) cannot be stressed enough. If you can only remember to floss once a day, make sure it is before bedtime. Sleeping with leftover food particles and plaque causes the most damage. Flossing according will avoid any future complications with plaque build up between your braces.

Flossing with braces can be quite a deeming task. Floss more simply with one of the reusable floss threaders provided by our office. The reusable floss threader helps you floss in-between all of your braces, as well as your archwire, making flossing a more pleasant experience.

Using your floss threader has never been so simple. Pull a small length of floss through the threader, and floss as usual. Make sure not to floss too forcefully (especially around the archwire), as this will cause gum discomfort. You should expect minor gum bleeding during initial flossing. However, the more you floss, the less frequent this will become. If you continue to floss regularly and gum bleeding remains an issue, make sure to inform a staff member at your next visit.

As previously stated, the better care you take of your teeth, the better shape your smile will be in at the end of your orthodontic process. Antibacterial mouthwash is the best way follow brushing and flossing, ensuring the healthiest smile possible.