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Should I Brush or Floss First with Braces?

Having the right oral hygiene routine is crucial, especially when you have braces. You may be wondering if it matters whether you brush or floss first when you have braces. According to recent studies, it does. Research shows that flossing first could be the most efficient method for removing dental plaque by helping to increase the fluoride concentration that is delivered from the toothpaste.

This can help strengthen your tooth enamel so your teeth can be more resistant to decay. 

Tips for Caring for Your Teeth with Braces

To ensure your orthodontic treatment is effective, it is essential to keep a good oral hygiene routine with these tips:

  • Brush for at least two minutes after every meal and snack. If you are unable to brush, be sure to rinse your mouth with water.
  • Floss at least once a day before brushing your teeth.
  • Clean your teeth thoroughly before going to bed.
  • Attend regular check-ups and cleanings every 4-6 months. 
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks. These items can lead to tooth decay and decalcification. 

The Importance of Brushing and Flossing

If you do not maintain proper oral hygiene, you put yourself at risk for poor oral. While your braces will not cause oral health issues, they can create areas within the mouth that are difficult to clean, creating potential areas of decay. If you allow food and plaque to build up around your braces, you can end up with permanent white marks, known as decalcification, bad breath, swollen gums, cavities, and periodontal disease. With proper brushing and flossing, you can prevent this build-up and keep your teeth and gums healthy. 

Tools to Help Keep Your Teeth Clean

There are a variety of tools out there that can make maintaining your oral health with braces much more manageable, including: Water irrigators – This tool can help you easily flush out food particles from hard to reach places. Fluoride mouth rinse – This can be purchased over the counter or given in a prescription-strength by your orthodontist. When used daily, it can help strengthen your tooth enamel and prevent decalcification. Interproximal brushes – This type of brush works excellent for braces, helping remove plaque and food particles that get stuck between teeth while also effectively removing the debris that can get caught on your wires and brackets. 

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At King Orthodontics, we have an experienced, professional, and highly trained team to provide you with the best in orthodontic care. Whether you need adult braces, TMJ treatment, or braces for your child, we have the expertise and family-friendly care available to meet your needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment! 

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