Daily personal care is essential for optimal oral health. Brushing and flossing in particular keep bacteria and acid, the main causes of dental disease, at manageable levels. But to gain the most benefit from your personal care, you need to perform these tasks effectively with the proper techniques and equipment.
Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste which helps strengthen enamel. You should hold the brush at a slight angle and brush with a gentle motion to remove plaque, the main cause of gum disease and tooth decay. Ideally you should brush three times a day for two minutes within twenty minutes of eating and be sure to angle your brush toward your gumline.
Although flossing is difficult with braces, it is very important. Flossing once a day removes plaque from between teeth where a brush can’t reach. If you need help with your technique using string floss, we’ll be glad to provide instruction at your next visit. The presence of braces requires extra time and makes flossing more difficult; you will need other aids such as floss threaders that we showed you how to use at your braces placement appointment, or a water flosser.
There are also important dietary choices you can make: limit sugary or acidic foods to mealtime and avoid between meal snacks to reduce bacteria and acid in the mouth. Drinking water to keep your mouth moist will inhibit plaque buildup. Also be sure to visit your general dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and checkups, or when you notice abnormalities like bleeding gum tissue or sores. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy, but it requires a daily commitment. Not only will you have beautiful straight teeth when you are done with your treatment with us, but they will be healthy and free of unsightly white spots as well.
If you would like more information on effective oral care, please contact us.