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4 Easy Tips for Brushing with Braces

Brushing with Braces
Having braces means taking a little extra care when you brush those teeth. The permanent placement of braces on the teeth means you are more prone to discolored teeth, cavities, or swollen and infected gum tissue. However, by keeping four basic things top of mind when brushing with braces, you can keep those teeth and gums happy and healthy!

 

Select the Right Toothbrush and Toothpaste

It’s best to stick to a soft toothbrush when brushing with braces to allow the bristles to clean the enamel between the bracket and the gums gently. You don’t want tougher bristles handling that sensitive area and damaging the gums. Regarding toothpaste,  use one with fluoride but stay away from any whitening toothpaste or mouthwash. Since your teeth are only partially exposed when braces are applied, whitening products could potentially leave the teeth uneven in color!

 

Brush Twice a Day, and After Meals

Our recommendation is to brush twice a day, and after meals if possible, with braces. Rinse first and brush your teeth and brackets with water only to remove debris. Next, apply your toothpaste and place your it at a 45-degree angle to the gum and gently move it back and forth in short strokes. Make sure you work to brush between the wiring of your braces and your teeth. Brush thoroughly for at least two to three minutes, but keep the pressure light. No need to brush too hard or too fast. Lastly, don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath minty fresh.

 

Floss Once a Day

Just because you have wires, doesn’t mean you are off the hook when it comes to flossing! You still need to floss once a day. Flossing can be a little simpler if you use a tool called a floss threader. It allows you to get above the wires easily and into those gums. Check out this one example from DenTek.

 

Rinse with Mouthwash Daily

Once a day it’s a good idea to rinse with mouthwash. Peroxyl, often recommended, is a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse. Rinsing once a day with Peroxyl helps to reduce inflammation to gums and cheeks, prevent infection and decrease irritation that may develop from your braces.

 

Keeping these four basic tips in mind and making a constant effort will ensure those pearly whites stay in great shape throughout your braces treatment plan! Have questions or concerns about brushing with braces? Give us a shout!
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