It’s very important to have a diligent oral hygiene routine when you have braces. This is because oral hygiene can clean and care for your teeth, gums and appliance during treatment, which can help you avoid orthodontic and dental problems. So, our orthodontists, Dr. Daniel Bradshaw and Dr. John Hathaway, strongly encourage you to make oral hygiene a priority. To help you have the proper oral hygiene routine you need, they are happy to share the following tips:
-Brush after every meal: Brushing is very important because it removes the food particles, debris, bacteria and plaque from your teeth, gumline and appliance. It can also help you avoid embarrassing moments as you socialize. You know, those moments when you have food stuck in your braces and teeth. So, try to brush after each time you eat. To make this possible, keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you.
-Floss at least once a day: Flossing can also help you have a top-notch smile and appliance because it removes the dangerous substances from your mouth. It can also help you avoid embarrassing moments when you have food stuck in your braces and smile. If you can floss more than once a day, do it. You can make flossing easier by using waxed floss, floss threaders or a water flosser.
-Attend your dental checkups: Your dental checkups are very important, especially because they help you avoid cavities and gum disease and they remove plaque buildup around your braces, which can help you avoid having white spots on the teeth. So, make sure to attend your checkups every six months.
Call Bradshaw & Hathaway today at 423-929-1126 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more. Our orthodontic team will be thrilled to tell you all about oral hygiene in Johnson City, Tennessee, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!