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How to Brush Your Teeth With Braces

When you have braces on your teeth, dental hygiene is even more important. The braces can trap food causing, not only, an unsightly look, but also lead to bad breath and other teeth and gum problems. Proper brushing and flossing are necessary for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. With daily care of your teeth and braces, you will have straighter teeth that can last for the rest of your life.

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly With Braces

dental bracesWith braces, it is important to brush after every meal. The first step is to rinse your mouth out with warm water. Swish the water around for a few seconds, and then spit it out. This helps to remove loose food particles in your mouth. Then rinse your toothbrush under hot water and put a small amount of toothpaste on the brush. Hold the brush straight against the surface of your teeth and brush each tooth in a circular motion. A circular motion cleans better than brushing back and forth or up and down. Clean the front, back and tops of every tooth for a total time of two to three minutes. Brush your tongue also. Rinse your mouth out completely.

Benefits of Flossing

Flossing removes food residue from the teeth. If the particles remain in between your teeth, they start to rot. Rotten food smells bad so bad breath or halitosis is soon to follow. Daily flossing also gets rid of bacteria and plaque from the crevices surrounding the teeth and gums. Plaque can lead to cavities, gingivitis and periodontal diseases. Forms of these diseases that are more serious can lead to tooth loss or a root canal to save a damaged tooth. Dental floss or dental tape comes in a variety of types such as flavored or waxed.

Taking care of your teeth with regular brushing and flossing is a lifelong job. When you wear braces, you have to work even harder to keep your mouth clean. However, this extra work is worth it to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

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