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Oral Hygiene With Braces
When you have braces, it is incredibly important that you keep your teeth clean. With the affixed brackets, it can be easy for bacteria to damage your teeth if they are not kept clean. If you do not clean your teeth properly, you can wind up with cavities while wearing braces. Here are a few helpful tips when it comes to making sure your teeth completely clean when you have braces.
Changing Your Oral Hygiene Routine
First, you must make sure you brush extra well each time. This should still be done twice daily as a minimum, but it may need to be done more if you eat something that gets stuck between your braces. You want to examine your mouth carefully after brushing to make sure you didn't miss anything. While wearing braces, you still must floss. This is slightly more challenging, but not impossible. It may just take a few extra minutes each day. There are floss threaders that make it easier to get the floss between your braces and teeth.
You also need to keep up with your dental appointments. Not only will you come see us regularly, but you will also need to make sure to see your dentist every six months as well. If you miss these appointments, you may miss cleaning an area that could eventually turn into a cavity. For more tips on your oral hygiene routine, come in and see us. We can help ensure you have all the tools needed for a clean and healthy mouth, even with braces.