Oral hygiene is not a matter of whether you’re brushing and flossing as often as you should, but whether they’re being done correctly. Oral Hygiene and the correct brushing technique is especially important when you are wearing braces.
What’s more, the rate of tooth alignment increases with proper oral hygiene so you can be finished with your braces on time (or even early!). Good oral hygiene ensures that when it comes time to remove your braces, you’ll be able to show off your beautiful, healthy smile.
Oral Hygiene Tips
When: 2 times per day and rinse with water after each meal.
With: A soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
How: Use a dry brush with a small amount of toothpaste. Use circular motions around the gum lines and the surfaces of your teeth, 10 seconds on each tooth. Holding the toothbrush at an angle, work the bristles of the brush over, under, and past the wire that runs from one tooth to another. Then brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth, the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth as well. Rinse thoroughly.
When: Ideally, every day but at least 3 times a week.
With: Dental floss and floss threader.
How: Insert floss into threader. Place threader between gums or under the wire. Floss using an up and down motion along the sides of your teeth. When you are finished, look in the mirror to be sure your teeth and braces are shiny and your gums are firm. If your gums are sore and/or bleeding, rinse them with salt water. Sore and bleeding gums will quickly disappear with proper oral hygiene.