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How to Brush Your Teeth When You Have Braces | Bloomingdale Orthodontics


When you or your child gets braces, maintaining good oral hygiene becomes even more crucial. Here are some helpful tips from Blooming Braces to make oral care with braces easier:

  1. Be Patient:
    Allow extra time for brushing and flossing. It’s important to take your time to avoid tooth decay and gum inflammation. For kids, consider implementing a reward system for using proper oral care techniques.
  2. Start with Rinsing:
    Before brushing, rinse your mouth vigorously with water. This helps loosen food and debris stuck between teeth, bands, and brackets.
  3. Brush in Sections:
    Divide your brushing into two stages: above and below the brackets. Angle your brush at 45 degrees and gently brush along the gumline. Then, move from the gums to the edges of the brackets, ensuring to reach all sides of each bracket. Repeat for the other half of the teeth, focusing on the interior surfaces as well. Finally, brush the chewing surfaces.
  4. Master Flossing:
    Flossing with braces can be tricky, but using a floss threader makes it easier. Thread the floss between the teeth using the threader, angling it up into the gumline to remove debris.
  5. Swish Again:
    After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth again with water or mouthwash. This helps remove any remaining food particles and leaves your mouth feeling fresh. Kids can use alcohol-free rinses recommended by our orthodontist.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a more attractive smile and better functioning teeth. Proper oral hygiene during treatment is essential, so it’s worth the extra effort. Contact Blooming Braces with any questions or concerns about oral care, or to schedule your next visit. Keep up the good hygiene habits!

Blooming Braces
Phone: (630) 924-0800
125 S Bloomingdale Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

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