When you pay special attention to your oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment, you’ll avoid major problems and keep your mouth comfortable.
Here are six steps to maintaining the healthiest smile possible while wearing braces.
An interdental brush is perfect for loosening bits of food that may be stuck around your wires or brackets. Once they’re wiggled free, rinse away leftover debris with water.
Flossing is critical to dental health in general, but even more so when braces are involved. Use a floss threader to pull a piece of floss behind the wire so that you can clean around each tooth, or purchase a specially designed orthodontic flosser.
A water flosser may be especially useful if flossing around braces is a challenge for you. The stream of water blasts away plaque from around wires, between teeth, and helps reduce the risk of gingivitis.
Angle the brush bristles against your gums, from above the brackets, and from below the brackets. Don’t forget the tops of your molars! Take your time brushing and make sure you brush three or more times per day.
Teeth and gums sometimes need a little extra therapeutic help beyond brushing and flossing. Using mouthwash after brushing can deliver benefits such as fluoride or antimicrobial action to the gums and teeth around your brackets. Ask your dentist or orthodontist which kind is right for you.
By seeing your dentist and orthodontist at recommended intervals, you’ll stay on top of your dental health. X-rays and exams will help you identify and treat any new problems before they get too serious.
Get more braces care tips from your local dentist or orthodontist.
Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
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