One of the positive side effects of having braces is the cultivation of healthy dental habits. Brushing and flossing after every meal is incredibly important for our patients who have braces because it keeps teeth and gums healthy.
It’s also crucial to make sure you’re using the most effective toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss, and we’re happy to offer recommendations to our patients.
Brushing with Braces
Before brushing your teeth after a meal, rinse your mouth with water to dislodge any food particles trapped in the teeth or brackets. Brush with a soft-bristled, small-headed toothbrush for two minutes, taking care to get behind, between, and along the angles of all teeth and brackets.
Many patients find an electric toothbrush easier to use for reaching every area of the mouth. Whichever you choose, take care to brush gently and thoroughly — plaque can build up on both teeth and brackets.
Flossing with Braces
Although flossing does take more time with braces, it’s a vital step in your orthodontic treatment that shouldn’t be neglected. Flossing ensures that every nook and cranny of your mouth and orthodontic appliance is properly cleaned.
Using a floss threader is one of the most effective ways to maintain cleanliness, since the thread can be adjusted to just about any angle. Again, remembering to be gentle, slide the floss between teeth and brackets to remove plaque and food particles.
If you’re unsure if you’re flossing correctly or would like a demonstration, one of our team members will be happy to show you! Further, if flossing isn’t getting every single food particle, ask about a water flosser.