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Brushing and Flossing

While in orthodontic treatment (braces, headgear, retainers) it is essential to brush and floss after every meal in order to maintain the healthiness of your teeth and gums. If you need help deciding on what kind of toothbrush, dental floss or toothpaste to use, ask our staff. We can guide you to the appropriate products for your teeth and orthodontic appliance.

Brushing with Braces

We recommend brushing for at least two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You can also use an electric toothbrush to increase the effectiveness of your brushing. Brush the inside and outside surfaces of your teeth while making small, careful circular motions. Holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gumline will help you get those hard to reach spots. When brushing the chewing surfaces of your teeth make sure to use gentle, short, back-and-forth motions. Be extra careful around the areas close to your brackets.

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Flossing with Braces

To keep your treatment on track it is imperative you floss after every meal. While wearing braces use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to get behind each wire. Wrap the floss around the index finger on each hand, leaving a few inches of floss in between them. Using a back and forth motion, gently slide the floss between each tooth below the gum line to get rid of food particles and plaque build-up. If you experience difficulty with flossing, we can help show you how or you could also use a water flosser. Ask your orthodontist their opinion of they think would work best for you! 

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