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Tips to Properly Floss and Brush with Braces

Posted on 11/7/2022 by Dr. Brandon Cooley
Tips to Properly Floss and Brush with BracesBrushing your teeth with braces can be an uncomfortable situation at first. While braces are crucial in aligning your teeth, it is equally important to maintain hygiene by regularly brushing them. It is more advisable to brush your teeth after every meal and snack while wearing braces as it reduces the build-up of plaque between the teeth and braces. Therefore, you only need to make a few adjustments and your brushing routine will be flawless.

Using a Sonic Brush

It is important to clean your braces effectively to get rid of plaque. One way you can do this is by using a sonic brush, compared to a normal brush. A sonic brush is effective as it brushes your teeth and flosses them equally. Additionally, you should be keen to replace your toothbrush more often due to wear and tear. Be careful to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and to carefully use soft circular, back-and-forth motions as you brush.

Flossing Regularly

It is important to floss at least daily since your sonic brush cannot reach all areas of your teeth. Flossing removes the plaques around your teeth that your toothbrush finds impossible to reach. However, time-consuming it seems, it is an important activity that cannot be neglected. It is good to acknowledge that using floss can be quite difficult.

Using an orthodontic floss threader is therefore a cheap and easily available option as the floss can penetrate the teeth and allow you to floss through to the gum line. Additionally, it is advisable to use waxed floss instead of unwaxed floss as the latter leaves traces between the teeth.

Using Fluoridated Toothpaste

Fluoride toothpaste is important as it prevents teeth decay and decalcification. Fluoride toothpaste reduces the depressions in your teeth, making it easy to remove plaque from your teeth.

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