Oral hygiene with braces is one of the most common inquiries we receive at Hendrix Orthodontics. We understand that oral hygiene with braces can be difficult for some patients.
Dr. Jeff Hendrix and our dental care team are committed to helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. As experienced, dedicated dental professionals, we work with you every step of the way to ensure your teeth are healthy. For your convenience, we have created a simple guideline for oral hygiene with braces. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hendrix Orthodontics.
Oral Hygiene With Braces
- Flossing: Patients with braces should pay extra attention to their flossing technique. If you form of orthodontic solutions has wires and brackets, it is imperative that you thoroughly clean underneath them to remove food particles, debris, and bacteria. With traditional braces, patients need to pay attention to the extra hiding spaces around their teeth, brackets, and wires. If you are not properly cleaning all surfaces of your teeth, it is possible to developing tooth decay and tooth discoloration.
- Brushing: Brush in small circular motions to properly remove all debris that may be hiding underneath your brackets.
- Make sure you incorporate mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine. Mouthwash can help remove bacteria and debris that brushing and flossing missed. An antibacterial mouthwash may even help reduce your chance of developing gum disease.
- Try interdental brushing. Interdental brushing can clean the part of the teeth directly under your wires and brackets. Make sure you use interdental brushing in conjunction with your normal oral hygiene routine.
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At Hendrix Orthodontics, we offer a full range of orthodontic solutions to address crooked teeth and malocclusion. We provide personalized, comprehensive treatment for oral health and cosmetic related dental concerns affecting the function of your bite. If you would like to explore your treatment options, call or request an appointment online.