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5 Tips for Brushing and Flossing with Braces

August 28, 2021
Posted By: Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands

The goal of orthodontic treatment is to improve your or your child’s oral health by straightening crooked teeth and correcting the dental bite. However, there’s a learning curve to living with braces, and we at Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands are here to help.

One hurdle that everyone faces is brushing and flossing effectively with braces on your teeth. Is it more challenging to brush and floss with braces? Yes, a little, but it’s also easy to add a few extra minutes to their oral hygiene routine and know your teeth and gums are healthy.

5 Tips for Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Here are some tips from our dentist in Aurora to help you and your child establish a daily brushing and flossing routine that works well for braces.

You can demonstrate the steps a few times to your child until they get the hang of it, and in no time, they’ll be pros at brushing with braces—with a bit of encouragement from you, of course!

1. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

We recommend a two-by-two plan when brushing with braces—brush for two minutes twice a day following steps:

  • Take off rubber bands or other removable accessories
  • Start on the top row and brush gently in circular motions covering each tooth down to the gumline.
  • Be sure that the bristles reach into the wires to remove any hidden food particles.

Once you finish the top row of teeth, follow the same steps on the bottom row.

2. Floss between Teeth Once a Day

Flossing once a day is crucial for everyone, but it’s especially important with braces! Plaque and food particles build up between teeth in cracks and crevices that a toothbrush can’t reach.

Since you can’t floss as usual with wires on your teeth, you should invest in a floss threader. This ensures that you can floss the entire tooth clean thoroughly between each tooth to remove food particles and plaque buildup.

3. Use Mouthwash after Brushing and Flossing

It’s a good idea to use an anticavity fluoride mouthwash once a day when wearing braces. It’s easy to miss spots, especially around brackets.

Rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash carries away the cavity-causing debris that your brush and floss miss. And, you have the added benefit of fresher breath!

4. Use the Right Oral Hygiene Aids for the Job

There are plenty of oral hygiene aids for braces that can make cleaning your teeth efficient and productive. Before you invest in any products, check with your dentist or dental hygienist first. They often have special flosses and other aids available in the dental office to save you a trip to the drug store.

Here are some oral hygiene products you can easily find at your drug store:

  • Floss threaders
  • Super floss
  • Proxy brush

A water flosser like WaterPik can be pricey, but it gives added insurance that your teeth are as free of plaque and food particles as possible. And since everyone in your family can benefit from a water flosser, it can be an excellent investment.

5. Maintain Regularly Scheduled Appointments at Baller Dental

While wearing braces, you will need to visit your dentist in Aurora every 4-6 weeks for check-ins. These appointments have two purposes: tighten orthodontic wires as necessary and perform professional teeth cleaning.

These visits, in combination with your at-home oral hygiene efforts, are the best way to keep your teeth cavity-free during treatment.

Call Us for More Tips on Caring for Braces

There’s a steep learning curve when you first get braces. But Dr. Holly Baller and her team at Baller Dental & Ortho at Southlands will be with you and your child every step of the way. If you have questions, you can always reach us by phone or email, and we will be happy to answer them.

If you have crooked teeth and are interested in orthodontic treatment, please call our Aurora Dental office to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Baller.

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