Tips on keeping braces clean

When you have braces, it is extremely important that you keep them clean. Food has more places to hide in your mouth, so you have to be diligent if you want to avoid cavities, swollen gums, bad breath and discolored teeth. If you practice removing plaque from your teeth regularly, during your treatment, you will have beautiful straight healthy teeth when your braces are removed.

Here are 10 Tips for Keeping Your Braces Clean

1. Remove any moving parts before you floss or brush.
2. Always use toothpaste that has fluoride and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash as well. Fluoride helps to prevent cavities.
3. Brush each individual tooth. Pay extra attention to the places where your braces and teeth touch.
4. Even though the front of your teeth seem the logical part to clean, it is just as important to clean the backside of your teeth, as well as your chewing surfaces. Remember to brush where your gums meet your teeth, this is an ideal spot for plaque to buildup.
5. Angles are very important when brushing teeth with braces. Brush the top of your teeth, above the braces, with your toothbrush angled downward. Now, just angle your toothbrush upward from the bottom of your teeth.
6. Find floss that you are comfortable with. Regular floss is great for some, while others find working with a floss threader easier. The threader will help you get the floss into tighter spaces. There is also an all-in-one product available; that has a stiff end for threading, a spongy mid-section for cleaning wider spaces and regular size floss for the more narrow areas in your mouth.
7. The cone-shaped brushes available are very helpful. They can reach spots, in your mouth, that a standard toothbrush cannot.
8. Always carry floss, toothpaste and a toothbrush with you. Brush after each meal. Otherwise, the bits of food and bacteria in your mouth will interact, causing tooth decay.
9. If you are unable to brush your teeth for any reason following a meal, rinse your mouth out thoroughly with water.
10. Visit your dentist regularly to get your teeth cleaned. Even though you floss and brush faithfully, your dentist can give you the deep, thorough cleaning that you need to keep your teeth healthy.

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