Brushing and Flossing with Braces
Brushing and flossing can be more challenging when braces are present. With good oral hygiene being especially important to control the plaque-collecting effects of orthodontics, a strong brushing and flossing regimen should be kept throughout treatment. Here is a look at how to go about your daily oral hygiene regimen during orthodontic treatment.
Brushing With Orthodontics
When you brush with orthodontics, you should diligently brush around the brackets and wires as well as over the teeth. Use different angles to achieve this. Establishing a set pattern, such as outside, inside, top and bottom, is a good way to ensure that you brush all areas. Repeat this routine at least twice a day. Ideally, you should also brush after meals because food easily collects around orthodontics.
Flossing With Orthodontics
Take either waxed or non-waxed floss as you prefer and thread it under the wire between each pair of teeth before flossing as usual. You may find that waxed floss makes this task easier. If you have difficulty threading the floss through, you can ask our dentist about floss threaders to make it easier. Just as during other times, you should floss at least once every day during orthodontic treatment.
Regular check-ups, including cleanings and exams, remain as important as ever during orthodontic treatment. By visiting our dentist at least once every six months, you can count on keeping your teeth and gums cleaner and healthier. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Allen Sanders, to learn more about oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment.
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