Simple ways to protect your oral health while wearing braces

These days children and adults are wearing braces, and the results can be excellent. However, while receiving orthodontic treatment, it’s important to take good care of your teeth and gums and especially if you have fixed braces. Failing to take care of your braces increases the risk of gum disease, an inflammation that causes gums to bleed easily.

Use dental floss or interdental brushes

Cleaning around brackets and wires is essential, and we can show you the right techniques to floss around your brace. Alternatively, you can use interdental brushes to get into hard to reach areas. If you are ever unsure about how to clean around braces, contact us for help.

Use the right toothbrush

When cleaning your teeth, make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush that won’t damage your teeth, gums or brackets and wires.

Use mouth rinse

If you have signs of gum inflammation, we might prescribe an anti-microbial mouth wash. We can also offer advice on how to improve your oral care routine to get rid of the infection.

Book regular hygiene appointments

A hygiene appointment is the most effective way to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup from around your braces, helping you to maintain a healthy smile during your treatment.