Anyone with braces knows that it can be a struggle to keep them clean and maintain good oral hygiene. Fortunately, there are several strategies that can make brushing and flossing much easier and more effective.
Continue reading to learn the secret to keeping braces clean.
6 Ways to Keep Braces Clean
1. Use the Proper Toothbrush
Your pre-braces toothbrush may not be able to adequately clean under the arch wire and under and between brackets.
As such, you should invest in an electric toothbrush or a toothbrush that is designed especially for braces. One example is a spindle brush, which can remove food particles and bacteria between teeth and braces.
2. Brush Your Teeth the Right Way
Having a strategy when brushing is the secret to keeping braces clean. You should start by brushing the exterior portion of teeth, making sure you get underneath and above the brackets.
Slanting the brush can help you better maneuver and clean as much of each tooth as possible.
Next, brush the inside of the teeth, concentrating on the backs and sides with a circular motion.
3. Make Flossing a Priority
Flossing with braces is difficult – to say the least. However, with some practice and patience, you can thread floss through the arch wire and get in between teeth.
Floss picks and water flossers are two other options to consider and may make the process easier and more efficient.
4. Use Mouthwash
After brushing and flossing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. Doing so, helps remove remaining bacteria, improves oral health, and keeps bad breath at bay.
5. Rinse and Replace Your Toothbrush
Keeping your braces clean requires that you take good care of your toothbrush. This means rinsing it before and after brushing and replacing it every three months.
6. Follow Dietary Instructions
While wearing braces, it’s important to follow the dietary instructions set forth by your orthodontist. To make brushing and flossing easier, avoid chewy or sticky foods, that are likely to get caught in between teeth and braces.
For additional information about keeping braces clean, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented dental providers.