Brushing with Braces

brushing with bracesOral hygiene is an essential component of our overall health and cleanliness. If you have braces, it becomes even more important, as food and plaque can become trapped between the wires and your teeth.

People with orthodontic braces require special and more detailed oral hygiene care as extra material or appliances fitted in the mouth acts as food and plaque trap. Although orthodontic appliances are extremely useful in straightening teeth, having braces will indefinitely make it harder to maintain standard oral hygiene care practices as extra effort is required to clean around the brackets and wire. Improper removal of plaque and food debris or poor oral hygiene care practices can make some people particularly susceptible to dental problems such as gingivitis and dental caries.

Electric toothbrushes are easier to manage and some have settings such as timers and brushing intensity for better control. They are ideal for all types of braces from metal, ceramic, and lingual braces. Electric toothbrushes can be easier to manage for those who do not brush long enough or brush incorrectly, and can be easier to manage for those who have limited dexterity, or for arthritic patients with braces. An electric toothbrush performs better at removing stains and plaque. Plaque is the one thing you want to try and avoid while wearing braces.

The key to successfully brushing teeth with braces using an electric toothbrush is to look for one with a small head, and soft bristles. It is best to apply gentle pressure and to allow the toothbrush to do the work for which it was intended. Take special care around bands, brackets, and wires and remember to brush below and above the armature of the braces to ensure healthier gums.

When it all comes down to it, the best toothbrush for braces would be an electric toothbrush. If you find it difficult to reach the backs and interproximal areas of your teeth, you can also purchase interdental brushes that help to reach hard to get to areas and all those nooks and crannies that an electric toothbrush may miss. Your orthodontist is always your best resource for uptodate information on the best methods of brushing teeth with braces.

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