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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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Flossing for Cleaner Teeth

Flossing with braces can be tricky at first, but using floss picks can make it easier. Simply use the pick to get in between each of your teeth and to get any remaining food away from the gum line. Floss picks are stiff enough that they can be threaded behind the wire of your braces and put in just the right places to dislodge any food particles. Seeing where to thread the pick in between the back teeth may take time at first, but it soon becomes easier.

Brushing and Flossing After Meals

Most people brush their teeth first thing in the morning and right before bed. However, brushing with braces and flossing with braces should be done after each meal. This is the best way to keep food from building up on the brackets and to keep food from compacting around your teeth. Get into the habit of having a toothbrush and floss picks with you wherever you go to make it easy to take care of your teeth after every meal.

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