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Brushing & Flossing With Braces

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When you have braces, brushing and flossing can be a little more complicated, but it's important to do a thorough job each day to keep the teeth clean and healthy. By properly brushing with braces, you can keep your teeth from becoming discolored around the braces. Proper flossing will ensure better gum health and keep food from being lodged between teeth and under the gums.

Getting Your Brushing Tools Together

When you have braces, the brackets and wires make the job a little challenging in the beginning. Brushing with braces often requires a regular toothbrush as well as a small, compact brush that can be fit in between the brackets. Some toothbrushes come with a raised area in the middle that is easier to fit over brackets. Compact brushes generally come with replacement heads that make them simple to change out after use. Flossing will require the use of floss picks to get under wires and in between teeth

Start With a Few Teeth

While most people are used to brushing many teeth at once, brushing with braces works a little differently. It's important to brush only a couple of teeth at a time in order to clean all surfaces effectively. This may take a little more time, but it is much more effective. Be sure to brush each part of the tooth and to brush the areas around each bracket. Once each of your teeth has been brushed, you can move on to flossing to ensure that no food is left behind.

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To accommodate your busy schedule, Let’s Smile has three locations in the Northern Virginia metro area. We offer flexible hours and our wonderful staff can help you schedule an appointment today!




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