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How to Properly Clean Your Braces

27 Feb 2019  |  No Comments

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Braces are a fantastic option for improving your smile and confidence, however it’s important that you keep them clean. Improper care of your braces can leave food and bacteria trapped in your teeth, and lead to cavities and infection. Luckily, keeping your smile bright and healthy is simple.

 

Brush your teeth

We all know to brush our teeth at least twice a day, but this is especially crucial if you wear braces. To give your teeth a proper clean, use a soft-bristled (or electric) toothbrush, move the toothbrush back and forth at a 45 degree angle, with your bristles pointed towards your gums.

If you have braces, you will need to pay attention to the brackets. It’s common for plaque and food to end up in these areas, so make sure to brush on top and between the brackets, as well as around the elastic, and be as thorough as possible.

 

Make sure to floss

Although a thorough brushing is great, you should also take the time to floss your teeth. You can a few options available including:

 

  • Normal floss (thread this over and under your wires) or floss threaders

normal floss

  • Interdental brushes

interdental brushes

  • Oral Irrigators
    oral irrigators


No method is particularly recommended so we suggest choosing one that you are comfortable and confident using.

 

Rinse and Gargle

After brushing and flossing, we recommend rinsing your mouth out with a fluoride and/or antiseptic mouthwash. Doing so will not only help with any inflammation and cuts you may be experiencing but also prevent tooth decay in the long run.

 

Avoid Certain Foods

As you probably know, there are some foods which are difficult to eat while wearing braces. In addition, however, there are certain foods you should avoid due to the damage they could cause on your teeth. Generally speaking, try to stay away from anything which is highly acidic, sticky or chewy. This includes:

  • Gum
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Hard candy
  • Sticky or overly chewy foods
  • Jellybeans
  • Soft drinks
  • Juices

 

Visit Your Dentist

Last but not least, make sure to visit your dentist regularly and attend all scheduled check-ups. These are an opportunity for your dentist to check on the progress of your braces and let you know if there is anything you need to focus on.

 

Are you considering getting dental braces? Schedule an appointment with the friendly dental team at Marsfield Dental today.

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