Whether you have braces or not, the best way to protect your smile is by brushing & flossing regularly. Over time, food particles can accumulate on teeth, which can eventually lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss. To avoid these problems and keep your smile bright it’s important to take care of your oral health through brushing and flossing.
When you brush your teeth, use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Move the brush in small, circular motions so that you reach any food particles that may be caught under your gum line. Brush slowly and carefully, making sure to cover all areas between the teeth as well as the area between braces and the surface of each tooth. Be sure to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.
It’s important to brush your teeth four times a day to prevent the build up of food and plaque. Remember to brush:
- After eating breakfast.
- After lunch or right after school.
- After dinner.
- Before bedtime.
Remember to replace your toothbrush often. Once you begin to notice the bristles fraying, it’s time for a new toothbrush as frayed bristles make it difficult for the toothbrush to reach between your teeth and under your archwire. Avoid swallowing any toothpaste and be sure to rinse thoroughly with water after brushing.
Flossing is important for reaching areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. It’s important to floss your teeth every day for optimal oral health.
When you visit our office, we’ll provide you with a reusable floss threader to make flossing easier. To use the threader, pull a small piece of floss from the dispenser through the threader and slide it up and down the front of each tooth. When you hear the squeak of the floss against your teeth, you’ll know they are clean. If you have braces, be careful when flossing around your archwire using too much for or pressure.
If you do not have a floss threader, pull a small length of floss from the dispenser and wrap the ends tightly around your middle fingers. Push the floss between all teeth to the gum line and remove food particles or plaque. Continue to unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go. Remember to floss behind all your back teeth as well.
When you first begin flossing your gums may bleed a little, this is natural. However, if the bleeding continues after the first few times, be sure to inform us at your next appointment.
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If you have any questions or concerns about brushing and flossing or any other aspects of oral health, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today!