Brushing your teeth when you have braces remains important and you need to have the right tools to be thorough. Braces can trap food particles and plaque leading to an increased risk of gum disease, requiring treatment from a dentist.
– Gentle brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush helps protect teeth enamel.
– A smaller brush called an interdental cleaner aids cleaning under the brace wires and around the brackets.
– Mouth rinse is recommended in order to loosen any food particles trapped around the braces.
“Although it doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after brushing, experts do recommend saving flossing for the end of the day to ensure you remove all food particles before sleeping.”
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