No matter how long you have braces for, it is crucial that you learn how to brush your teeth with braces. That might seem like an obvious statement, but braces can make brushing more of a challenge due to the brackets. Food and plaque can get caught in the brackets and cause issues. Here is what you should know about brushing with braces from your orthodontist in Hollywood.
Before brushing, rinse your mouth out with water. That will loosen food particles from the brackets and make it easier to clean. When brushing, start at the gum line and work your way down. Brush the top of the bracket, then move down to the bottom of the bracket going slowly and making sure to brush every tooth.
We know that flossing is imperative to keeping your teeth clean and healthy, but having braces can sometimes make the flossing harder. That doesn’t mean you should just stop flossing though. Using a floss threader can make flossing with braces easier. Soft picks can also be beneficial when trying to reach tight, hard to reach, spaces.
After brushing and flossing, finish the teeth cleaning process off with a fluoride rinse. The fluoride rinse will help with cavity prevention, as well as keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
Brushing your teeth when wearing braces can be more difficult than you think. In addition to the brushing, flossing, and fluoride, it’s also important to make regular checkups with both your dentist and orthodontist. if you are in need of an orthodontist in Hollywood, contact us today to learn more about our services and request a reservation.