Posted .

At Smiley Dental Hampton, our experienced dental team in Dallas, Texas are pleased to offer orthodontic care for our patients. If you are currently wearing braces to correct your smile, it is even more important to take excellent care of your pearly whites to prevent plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Braces, wires, springs and rubber bands are magnets for food particles and plaque.

While wearing your braces, it is important to brush after consuming food, whether it be a meal or snack. In addition to maintaining a diligent brushing and flossing routine, you may want to include a fluoride mouthwash as it can reach places in the mouth that your toothbrush can’t. Cleaning with an oral irrigator, or water flosser, is also a great tool to use while wearing braces as it can reach those places a toothbrush can’t reach by itself.

Brushing – brush with a soft toothbrush, brushing downwards from the top, and then up from the bottom. Do this with each tooth which has braces, using an interdental toothbrush. Don’t forget to replace the toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray.

Flossing – place the short end of your floss through the space between the main arch wire and the upper section of your tooth nearest the gum. Gently work the floss on the sides of the two teeth the floss is between.  There are also threader flosses that are designed to maneuver under and around your wires if you prefer.

Mouthwash – finish up with an anti-cavity-fluoride mouthwash that can rinse away loosened particles and oral debris and also kill any lingering bacteria.

At Smiley Dental Hampton, our dedicated dental team in Dallas, Texas are happy to provide excellent oral care for our patients wearing braces to help you reach the smile of your dreams. If you would like more information, or to schedule a visit, please call our team at 214.467.4800 today!