Maintaining proper oral hygiene is always important but it's especially important for braces wearers. Because thorough oral hygiene is more difficult with braces, braces wearers are more prone to dental problems like gingivitis, tartar, and demineralization. Left untreated, these dental problems can cause more serious oral health issues which can prolong your time in braces.
Be sure to follow the instructions we provide for brushing and flossing and steer clear of restricted foods so you can stay on track with your treatment!
- Rinse your mouth with water before brushing to loosen food particles
- Brush your teeth after every meal (keep toothbrush/toothpaste on hand at school and work)
- Brush for at least 10 seconds on each tooth
- Use a proxabrush to reach spaces between each bracket
- Remember to brush your tongue too!
- Floss your teeth twice a day
- Use a tool called a floss threader and waxed floss to help
- Thread about 18 inches of floss into the threader
- Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces
- Floss carefully around the braces
- Floss carefully around the gum area
- Floss around each tooth
If you have any questions about your oral hygiene, please call our office at (505) 822-1234 or speak with one of our friendly staff members at your next visit.