Proper brushing and flossing while wearing braces are critical steps in maintaining your oral health preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

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Brushing with braces is very much like brushing your teeth without braces, but with a little more care. Like normal, it is recommended that you brush twice per day and after each meal.

Use a soft bristle brush or an electric toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste to gently brush and remove food particles between brackets and under the wires for two full minutes.

If you notice any large food particles still stuck in your braces, rinse your mouth with water and swish to dislodge them. Remember to change your toothbrush every three months and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to fight tooth decay.

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One of the most important things you can do to maintain healthy teeth and gums is floss. And, flossing while wearing braces is even more critical because food can easily get trapped between your teeth and brackets. Ensuring that your teeth are particle-free after each meal helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease while wearing braces. Here are some ways you can floss:

  • Traditional flossing (use a floss threader to make it easier)
  • Use an oral irrigator or water flosser
  • Orthodontic flossers

We provide every patient with an initial oral hygiene kit that includes the appropriate brush and flossing aids. We also include an oral care guide that explains how to maintain proper oral hygiene at home.

We know! Choosing the right dental and orthodontic care tools and supplies can be overwhelming, so if you need assistance ask us, we will help you select the right products.

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