Brushing & Flossing With Braces

Brushing & Flossing With Braces
Posted on 11/22/2017

Girl with braces holding toothbrush and flush

Brushing and flossing your teeth is always important, especially with braces. Your brushing methods may have to change a bit to accommodate your new metal brackets and wires, so we are here to help! At Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics, we want to ensure every patient has the knowledge and tools to achieve the best dental and orthodontic hygiene. And, if you're experiencing anything out of the ordinary or have questions about brushing with your braces, come to us first. Our amazing and skilled staff are more than happy to be your resource for all things related to your oral health. Just because your braces are new and different, it doesn't mean they have to be difficult to deal with. We have put together some helpful tips to better brush and floss with braces!

How To Brush With Braces

Before, you only needed to brush your teeth and gum line, but now you've added wires and braces to the mix. Start by brushing in a circular motion to clean all around the wires and brackets that cover your teeth. Don't forget to brush the inner and back areas of your mouth as the probability of food debris getting stuck between your teeth becomes higher due to the braces. Dr. Ross Taddeo recommends brushing for two full minutes after each meal to ensure a clean and healthy smile.

After a thorough brushing of every tooth, it's time to rinse. While rinsing your mouth with water, double check to make sure all the food particles are out of your teeth and braces.

How To Floss With Braces

Flossing with braces can be a bit tricky, but that shouldn't discourage you from keeping up with this daily routine. As your leading East Orlando orthodontist, we recommend flossing once a day with waxed floss. Unwaxed floss will be even more difficult because it tends to get caught in your braces and shred apart.

The best strategy with flossing is threading. You want to thread the floss under the braces wire and then floss between each tooth. This step needs to be repeated for every tooth; you will need to re-thread the floss every time. Carefully floss each tooth, ensuring all remaining food particles are taken out of your teeth and braces. Also, remember to floss gently, you do not want to snap the floss between your teeth or braces.

Schedule An Appointment With Dr. Taddeo

At Dr. Ross Taddeo Orthodontics, we want to be a helping hand and your partner through your orthodontic treatment process. During your check up appointments, we will discuss how brushing and flossing is going with your braces and recommend tips to maintain these oral habits. If you are looking to set up your first orthodontic consultation, contact our East Orlando office today or schedule an appointment online. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions and concerns.

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