When you or your child gets braces, some parts of daily life will change a little bit. Simple things like eating or flossing your teeth all of a sudden become a little bit more difficult. However, it is important not to get complacent as things get more difficult. Good dental hygiene is one of the biggest factors for getting the results from your braces that you are looking for.
Practicing in orthodontics for over 30 years, Dr. Harrison knows that having braces is no easy thing, and even brushing your teeth can be difficult. So in today’s blog post, Dr. Harrison will share some tips for brushing your teeth with braces.
Don’t Use Whitening Toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste is a great, affordable tool for helping keep your teeth white, but when you have braces it can cause more harm than good. Because the brackets will cover part of your teeth or the teeth of your child, the covered parts won’t get brushed with the whitening toothpaste and can cause discoloration when the braces finally come off. While it might be tempting, make sure to only use your normal toothpaste and steer clear of the whitening products.
Floss Your Teeth Every Day
One of the most inconvenient parts of dental hygiene with braces, flossing your teeth can get pretty annoying with all that metal to work around. Getting around the wires and brackets to get in between your teeth with floss can be very difficult with braces. However, it is important to take a little extra time and continue doing a good job of flossing each and every day. If you don’t, it is easy for food to get stuck in your teeth and cause dental problems. It is also possible for food to get stuck in brackets or even in between your brackets and your gums.
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Find The Right Toothbrush
The right toothbrush is important, but it is even more important if you have braces. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush will be key during your time with braces, both to avoid gum damage and even damage to the brackets themselves. Finding the right toothbrush isn’t hard, and Dr. Harrison can help you do so. Choose the right toothbrush, and prevent gum damage and damage to your teeth over the long run.
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Contact Dr. Harrison For More Tips
Brushing your teeth with braces is difficult and Dr. Harrison knows that better than most. He wants to help you through this process and make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience for you. For more information, get in touch with Dr. Harrison today at (417) 887-1220 or contact us online.