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How to brush your teeth with braces

Posted 8 June 2016 in News

Brushing Teeth

Braces are one of the best ways to correct improperly aligned teeth and if you want to get the most from your braces, you must be prepared to take good care of them. If you maintain a good level of oral hygiene, you will be able to prevent complications related to braces such as gum inflammation and disease and tooth decay. Brushing teeth with braces in the right way is one of the basic elements of proper oral hygiene.

Teeth that are subjected to orthodontic treatment have a tendency to experience decay and gum inflammation more frequently than regular teeth. The reason for this occurrence is simple – in many cases dental plaque forms a layer on the metal elements of the braces and accumulates in parts of the teeth that are hard to reach. If it is not eliminated in a timely manner, this plaque can become tartar.

A situation like this can easily lead to gum and teeth problems and the more you wait for the removal of dental plaque, the more difficult it will be to finish this procedure. So, brushing your teeth with braces is even more important than brushing regular teeth. The best option is to use an electric toothbrush with oscillating and rotating technology capable of removing more plaque compared to a manual toothbrush.

In addition, you should use some of the few special pieces of equipment for oral care designed for people with braces. Some of these items include special toothbrush for cleaning areas between metal braces, special dental floss and irrigator.

As well as regular hygiene, it is advisable for people who are following an orthodontic treatment to make some changes in their diet. For instance, you should definitely avoid extremely hard products like nuts or sticky foods like toffee and fudges. In addition, you should reduce the intake of foods that are usually linked to tooth decay like soft drinks packed with sugar and sweets and chocolate. Finally, some food with powerful colourants like berries, red wine, curry sauce and beetroots can stain certain parts of the braces. 

For more advice about looking after your braces, please contact us now.

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