Good oral hygiene is fundamental for the proper maintenance of your teeth during orthodontic treatment.
When braces are present, food particles can easily become lodged between the wires, and build-up of bacterial plaque can become more frequent. If steps for proper brushing are not followed, there can be a risk of cavities.
Tips for proper cleaning of your teeth and gums when dental appliances are present
The first thing to keep in mind is that it takes a few minutes to clean each and every one of your teeth, from the front of the mouth to the back, not skipping any space or surface. Especially important are the spaces where you chew, usually the most problematic because of lodged food particles. Take enough time for proper cleaning of teeth and gums, this can be the decisive factor in having a healthy mouth. And if you are under and orthodontic treatment, this matter becomes far more important.
Another tip for proper hygiene of teeth and gums is to tip the brush so that it can reach into the narrowest places that are often missed. In some cases, the gums may bleed. If so, you need to pay much more attention to how often and how long you are brushing your teeth.
Keep in mind that it is very important to brush your teeth after each meal, and especially before going to bed. It takes at least 3 minutes to ensure proper cleaning.
This instructional video teaches you how to use interproximal brushes to properly clean teeth with braces.
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