Brushing With Braces

If you or your child recently got braces, you may have had the orthodontist stress to you the importance of brushing thoroughly and effectively. But, what is the best way to do that? The cosmetic dentistry professionals at Kruckman Family Dentistry are here with the answers:

Brush Like Normal

Believe it or not, your braces won’t change much of your brushing routine. You still need to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that should be replaced every three months or so. We also recommend that you continue to brush for two minutes at a time to make sure you reach all surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue. The hardest part about oral care with braces is flossing. We recommend taking your time and possibly using a floss threader to get underneath the wires.

If You Don’t Brush Correctly

Should you, for some reason, neglect to brush thoroughly while you have your braces, it is possible to develop one of the following issues:

  • Gingivitis – This is a gum disease that can result from poor brushing or flossing incorrectly near the gum line. Be sure to always clean your gums to prevent gingivitis.
  • Periodontitis – This happens once gingivitis worsens and leads to an infection in your gums. It causes the gums to pull away from the teeth and allows more plaque to accumulate.
  • Decalcifications – These are permanent stain marks left on your teeth around your braces if you aren’t careful.

Come See Us

As long as you take good care of your teeth and your braces, everything should be fine! Be sure to contact your Waconia cosmetic dentistry experts today to schedule a cleaning.