Brushing with adult braces in Beaumont can take a bit of effort. It definitely won’t be the most fun you have in your day.
But it’s a must.
The American Dental Association confirms good oral hygiene with braces is important. They recommend you brush regularly (as often as your dentist recommends), floss daily, and schedule regular dental visits to keep your teeth healthy.
In this blog, we’ll share some oral hygiene techniques you can use to adequately care for your braces in Beaumont. We’ll also provide this information to you in person, should you decide this orthodontic treatment is right for you. But this way, you can print it and keep it in your washroom should you have to refer to it at any time during your treatment.
Proper brushing technique:
- Before you brush, rinse your mouth with water to help loosen food around your braces.
- Brush on top of the brackets in circular motions.
- Then, brush underneath the brackets – make sure to get each tooth and the arch wire.
- The third step is to brush above the brackets. While doing so, make sure to brush along the gums.
- Take it slow so you don’t miss a spot and be gentle. Brushing too hard can hurt your gums.
We recommend you brush three times a day, especially after meals. You can use an electric or manual toothbrush. If it’s your child who has braces, review these steps with them and help if they need it.
Floss to get to those hard-to-reach places.
- Use Oral B’s Super Floss™. It’s specifically designed for braces, bridges, and wide spaces. You can find it at most places you buy oral healthcare products.
- Take the needle end and place it under the arch wire to floss as you normally would.
- We recommend you do this once a day (preferably before bed). This will prevent your gums from becoming red or inflamed – a sign of gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease.
A proxy brush can also defend your smile.
- With a handle and small brush bristles held together by wire, this tool can reach spots in your braces that a regular toothbrush can’t.
- Reach around the brackets and underneath the wire. Slowly work your way to the other side of the bracket.
- When finished, reach the proxy brush above the wire to get the other sides of the bracket.
- Complete these steps on each one of the brackets on both sides.
If, at any time, you have questions about caring for your braces, our kind and compassionate dental team is ready to take your call.
Yours in continuing dental health,
Dr. Nijjer & Dr. Kalia, General Family Dentists in Beaumont