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Your new orthodontic braces represent a serious investment in correcting the alignment of your teeth, for a more attractive smile and a more efficient mouth. This requires successive adjustment appointments at Ortho*Dental, Inc.’s orthodontic clinic to gradually bring your teeth closer to their ideal alignment.

Brushing your teeth each morning and night, as well as flossing at least once each day is very important for maintaining strong teeth and healthy gums. Food residue and bacterial deposits that accumulate in the contours around braces can lead to tooth decay and periodontal inflammation that can complicate and potentially lengthen the duration of the realignment process.

It’s also important to attend your routine dental checkups to have your teeth cleaned. This also includes a comprehensive dental exam for early detection of developing oral health problems.

This simple outpatient appointment also includes a thorough dental cleaning to remove plaque buildup and tartar from your teeth while also monitoring the overall health of your mouth. If Dr. finds an area of concern, he can address it before it can affect your braces.

If you are struggling to clean and maintain a particular area Dr. can give you further insights to help effectively clear away bacterial debris. This might include using an interdental brush, floss threader, or a dental water flosser device.

If you live in the Gallup, New Mexico, region and you need help maintaining a healthy mouth with braces, you can always call (505) 863-8100 to schedule speak to a member of Ortho*Dental, Inc.’s staff.