Brushing and flossing your pearly whites can be difficult when you are wearing braces. If dental plaque isn’t removed regularly, it can begin to irritate your gums and create gum disease. To help you prevent this disease while you straighten your teeth, our orthodontic team encourages you to do the following things:
Brush your teeth
As you may already know, it is very important to brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. However, you might want to scrub your smile more often because of the orthodontic appliance that is currently aligning your smile. Food and plaque tend to get stuck in the braces and they tend to gather around the brackets, which is why it is very important to brush as often as possible with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Floss your smile
Flossing is vital if you want to prevent gum disease. Flossing cleans the crevices of your smile and removes the plaque and food particles that reside there. Make sure you floss at least once a day and you are gentle as you floss near the gums. If you need help flossing with braces, we will be happy to give you some tips.
Visit your dentist
Dental cleanings are the only treatment that can completely remove plaque from your teeth, so it’s extremely important to keep up with your dental cleanings every six months. During these appointments, your dental team will deeply clean your smile and will scrape the surfaces of your teeth to remove the plaque that lives there.
Keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces doesn’t have to be hard. For more information about gum disease prevention while you have braces in Olney, Maryland, call us today at 301-658-7751 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Dowling. We look forward to seeing you smile!