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After you have your braces placed, you may wonder how you are going to take care of your teeth through all of the metal in your mouth. Although your teeth may be a little hard to see through your braces, you don’t get a pass on dental hygiene. In fact, since your braces can provide extra hiding places for things like plaque and food particles, brushing and flossing will be more important than ever before.

As our dentist, Dr. Steven Rodriguez can tell you, You should brush your teeth twice a day, every day for two minutes at a time, and floss at least once a day. But with your braces, you will need to step your oral hygiene game. Ideally, you should brush and floss after every meal. When you brush, wait for thirty minutes to let your saliva neutralize and wash away the acids in your mouth. Then rinse your mouth to get rid of any food particles. You should take your time when you brush. Brush your upper teeth, and then your lower teeth. Start by brushing along your gum line. Then brush from the gums to the top of the brackets, and then below the brackets. Focus on one or two teeth at a time. When you have cleaned your teeth, brush along the wire. You may have trouble flossing between your braces. If that is the case for you, try using a floss threader or a water flosser. When you are done, rinse your mouth again to remove any food particles that you may have loosened.

With a little practice, you will discover that you will it is easy to take care of your braces in Flint, Michigan. If you have questions about taking care of your braces, call 810-720-6433 today to make an appointment at Healthy Smiles Dental Care™ of Flint.