The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.
You want to make sure that when you have braces you use a tooth brush with soft bristles and toothpaste with fluoride. When you brush, you will move the toothbrush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under the gum line as well as on the surface of your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces and the surface of each tooth. It is important that you brush with a soft bristle tooth brush because if using bristles that are too rough on your gums, this can cause damage to your gum line resulting in gum recession. Brushing your teeth should take at least two to three minutes.
If you currently have braces, you should be brushing your teeth at least three times a day:
- In the morning after breakfast
- After lunch or right after school
- Before you go to bed
It’s no secret that having good hygiene with braces can be time consuming, so it is important that you allow yourself enough time each day to complete the proper hygiene steps to ensure a clean and healthy smile!