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You’ve been brushing your teeth for all your life, and once you have your braces on, you will still need to continue to brush. Although it may be harder to see your teeth through all the metal, brushing is more important than ever before, since braces can trap food particles, which can eventually lead to tooth decay.

Normally, brushing twice a day and flossing once a day is a solid foundation for dental health. However, with your braces, you should brush and floss after every meal. However, wait for 30 minutes after you eat to allow the saliva in your mouth to wash away the acids from your meal. Before you brush, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to dislodge as much food debris as possible. Start by brushing along your gumlines. Then, brush from the gums down to the top of the brackets, and then up from the gumline to the bottom of the brackets. After that, brush the wires. Usually, it’s reccommended that your brush for two minutes. However, you should take your time cleaning your teeth when you wear braces. Try brushing one or two teeth at a time.

You might find that using dental floss may be difficult with your dental work. If you are having trouble flossing, ask your dentist about using a soft pick, a floss threader, or a water flosser. When you are finised brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth again to remove any remaining food particles.

If you are thinking about getting braces for yourself or your child, our dentist, Dr. W. Kenneth Morgan, Sr. would love to meet you! If you live in the Richlands, North Carolina, area and would like to make an appointment at Morgan Family Dentistry you can call us today at 910-324-1283.