Regular oral hygiene is an important part of everyday oral health. It is even more crucial with braces. It is vital to make sure your child is taking proper care of their teeth while they have braces to help ensure their oral health is maintained.
Here are some tips for maintaining proper oral hygiene while wearing braces.
- With braces, brush gently or use an electric toothbrush carefully.
- At least twice a day, consider brushing with a fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes each time.
- Be sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth. It is especially important to clean between the wires and teeth, as well as between the brackets and gums, since food particles can easily accumulate.
Make brushing your teeth fun.
- You should begin by placing the tips of the bristles against the front surfaces of your teeth and using small circular motions to gently polish them.
- To brush the areas between braces and gums, tilt the toothbrush toward the gum line (down for bottom teeth, up for top teeth) while making circular motions.
- Using a firm back-and-forth motion, brush the chewing surfaces of the upper and lower teeth next.
- Lastly, brush the back surfaces of your teeth in the same way as you did the front surfaces.
Brushing tools that are specifically designed for brushing
There are some special tools that may be able to help you clean the areas around brackets and wires.
The interdental toothbrush is one of them. There are small bristles sticking up all around the brush, just like on a pipe cleaner. It should be used carefully and gently to clean under wires, around bands, and around brackets.
The oral irrigator, also known as a “water pick,” is another tool for cleaning teeth that uses water pressure to dislodge food particles that are stuck in nooks and crannies. However, oral irrigators aren’t a substitute for dental floss or a toothbrush.
The fundamentals of flossing
It is important to floss at least once a day to keep your teeth and gums healthy. However, how do you get floss under the wires of your braces? Using a floss threader makes it easier. Threading a needle is similar to using this device. Grasp each end of the floss and slide it up and down both teeth, as well as under the gums, until you hear a squeak. Once you’ve removed the floss, use a new section for the next area.
Brushing can be made fun by using a variety of strategies rather than a chore. If you know your child better than anyone else, don’t be afraid to come up with some additional techniques that will work best for them.
Schedule your child’s next appointment with our Kids Dentist in Rancho Cucamonga orthodontics team today to ensure his or her oral hygiene is on track.
Sweet Tooth Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
Phone: (909) 989-7222
6331 Haven Ave Suite 12
Rancho Cucamonga, CA91737