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A Practical Guide To Brushing And Flossing With Braces

AUGUST 24, 2022

A thorough oral hygiene routine is always important, but it is especially so for individuals with traditional metal braces. Missteps while cleaning your mouth significantly increase the risk that plaque and food particles will accumulate around your orthodontic appliances. Gum inflammation and infection, tooth decay, dental discoloration, and other problems could easily result. Fortunately, brushing and flossing with braces in Manchester is fairly simple. Below, you will find practical and simple guidance to help you adapt your oral hygiene routine.

Brushing With Braces

Here are some best practices for brushing your teeth with braces:

  • Brush frequently. Most people can maintain their oral health by brushing twice a day, but your dentist or orthodontist might recommend that while wearing braces, you brush more frequently. Doing it each morning, after lunch, after dinner, and just before bed is a wise habit.
  • Carefully clean around your brackets. Angle your toothbrush downward to make sure you clean the tops of your brackets, and then angle it upward to clean their bottom sides.
  • Thoroughly clean your gumline. Do not forget to brush gently along your gums, both on the inward- and outward-facing surfaces of your teeth.
  • Consider purchasing a new toothbrush. Some toothbrushes are designed specifically for use with braces. Alternatively, you might find it easy to clean your mouth with an electric toothbrush that has a round head.

Flossing With Braces

Even while wearing braces, you should stick to your habit of flossing once a day. Of course, your braces’ arch wire will affect how you floss. For example, you might need to use a floss threader to move the floss around the wire and between your teeth. Floss threaders are quite affordable and are available for purchase at most pharmacies.

You might also be advised to use an interdental brush, a very small toothbrush that is easy to navigate around braces. It can be inserted underneath an arch wire and be used to remove plaque and food debris from between the teeth.

Some patients with braces choose to purchase an oral irrigator, also known as a water flosser or WaterPik. This useful device shoots out a concentrated stream of water that can help to clean tight spaces in the mouth, including between the teeth. It is not an ideal substitute for traditional floss, but it can contribute to a clean and healthy mouth during orthodontic treatment.

Adapting To Your New Oral Hygiene Routine

Admittedly, it takes a bit of extra effort to clean your mouth while you are wearing braces. However, most patients find that after a few weeks, their new routine is easy to stick to. Your diligence in adhering to thorough oral hygiene practices will reduce your risk of oral problems and contribute to a smooth, complication-free orthodontic treatment experience.

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The talented, experienced team at First Line Dental in Manchester is proud to provide traditional braces as one of our many service options. IF you have questions about straightening your teeth or about what to expect during orthodontic treatment, we would be pleased to speak with you. Contact us at 860-259-4039.

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