You should brush after every meal. If you cannot brush right away, rinse well with water.
- Your toothbrush should have a small head and soft bristles.
- Brush in the morning, before bed, and after meals.
- If you can’t brush after meals, be sure and do a good rinsing with water in your mouth after meals. You may want to carry a travel toothbrush with you so you can brush after meals no matter where you are.
- It is important to brush very thoroughly for at least three minutes once a day.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Turn the toothbrush at an angle.
- Brush over the front and back and chewing areas of each tooth.
- Use slow, circular motions.
- Brush thoroughly over your orthodontic wires and brackets, getting between them and cleaning as much of the surface as possible.
- Brush your gums as well as your teeth.
- Brush the roof of your mouth and your tongue.
- Be sure and look at your teeth very thoroughly in the mirror to make sure you have gotten rid of all the plaque on your teeth.
- Brush more than once at a time if necessary to remove plaque.
Additional items can be used to keep your teeth clean:
- A fluoride mouth rinse or gel.
- An interproximal brush.
- Other interdental cleaners recommended by your orthodontist
Floss at least once a day to remove hard to reach particles between teeth and plaque that toothbrush misses.
- Carefully pull floss between wire and braces. A floss threader will be needed. Ask our clinic assistants to show you how to use a floss threader for flossing around the braces.
- Floss carefully around the braces.
- Floss carefully around the gum area.
- Floss carefully around each tooth. Make sure to rinse your mouth out afterwards to remove anything loosened by the floss.