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At Ortho*Dental, Inc., our orthodontists and dentists in Gallup, New Mexico, are proud to offer orthodontic care for our patients. If you are currently wearing braces to correct your smile, it is even more vital to go the extra mile in caring for your pearly whites to prevent plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. As you can imagine, braces, wires, springs and rubber bands are magnets for food particles and plaque.

While wearing your braces, it is important to brush every time you eat, 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 alone. When caring for your smile, we recommend the following:

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. Remember 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.

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 Ortho*Dental, Inc., our team in Gallup, New Mexico, is happy to provide oral care information 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 (505) 863-8100 today!