At Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Centerville, OH, we certainly hope that you are in the habit of brushing your teeth regularly, and flossing as well. Quite simply, you feel better when your teeth feel clean and your mouth feels fresh. And of course the people who end up being close to you are happier, too, than they would be if you were not observing proper oral hygiene. You may find it a bit more difficult to brush your teeth with braces installed on them.
You still have to do it, though. If you fail to brush teeth with braces properly, you are playing fast and loose with your oral health. Braces make for the ideal hiding places for nasty little food particles. They end up trapped under the wires, and then not only does your breath smell bad, you are dramatically increasing your risk of tooth decay, which can undo a lot of the hard work your braces are doing to improve your smile.
The Best Ways to Brush Teeth with Braces
It is possible to brush teeth with braces effectively. You will need to brush for a little longer than you did before you had braces, and you will need to brush a little differently, though.
First, brush the tops of your teeth, moving down toward the metal brackets, with the head of the toothbrush angled downward. Then brush the bottoms of your teeth, with the brush angled upward. You may find that an interproximal brush (the bristles look something like the branches of an evergreen tree) works better when it comes to getting into the little nooks and crannies.
Brush each tooth individually, counting to ten while brushing, and then moving onto the next tooth. Make sure to pay particular attention to areas where the braces meet the teeth.
When you did not wear braces, it was acceptable for you to brush in the morning and then again before bed. Now, though, you will have to brush after every snack or meal.
After brushing teeth with braces, it is a good idea to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. And of course you should be using a fluoride paste.
Contact Our Orthodontist in Centerville
If you are still not sure how to brush teeth with braces, give us a call at Kulkarni & Fitz Orthodontics in Centerville at 937-610-1888. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today!