Because total health can’t be fully achieved without addressing oral hygiene, brushing your teeth should be part of your daily routine. This is especially true if you’re wearing dental braces, says family dentist Dr. Tamatha C. Pantano, DMD.
Braces are orthodontic contraptions made of metal brackets interconnected by wires. They’re designed to align and straighten teeth as well as improve dental health. However, how they’re structured can allow food residue to remain on the teeth, leaving said teeth susceptible to decay. As such, to observe good oral care, anyone wearing braces should know the proper way to clean braces.
Here are some tips on how to keep your braces clean as advised by orthodontists:
Brush your teeth properly
Using a toothbrush to clean your teeth is central to oral hygiene. While it appears a simple exercise, many—especially those wearing braces—fail to realize they’re not doing it right.
Using a hard-bristled toothbrush can damage your braces. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are therefore your best option. Always remember to be gentle with your strokes, and brush at least twice a day with each session lasting at least two minutes. For optimum results, make it a habit to brush every morning and after meals.
Many people think brushing is enough, but this simply isn’t the case. Flossing is important—
especially for anyone undergoing an orthodontic treatment.
Use dental floss on your braces to take out all food particles and plaque on your teeth. Gently apply the floss on every bracket, and the horizontal wire connecting said brackets. Of course, don’t forget to clean each tooth, as well. This may at first seem like a lot of work, but you’ll get accustomed to the routine in due course.
Rinse with mouthwashes
After brushing and flossing, rinse your oral cavity by gargling with mouthwash. This will kill harmful bacteria and wash away food particles, thus ensuring the cleanliness of everything inside the mouth, including your braces.
Whether or not you’re already familiar with all of the above, regular visits to your dentist are a must. As no two sets of teeth are the same, your dentist may have unique recommendations regarding your braces and your overall oral health.
Need more advice on how to keep those braces clean? Your family dentist at Audubon Dental Center can help. Feel free to contact us via our website or at (301) 856-1122. And if you’re curious about how else we can be of assistance to you, please browse our list of services.