Dental hygiene is always important, but it is perhaps more so if you are wearing braces. Dental hygiene during orthodontic treatment can prevent issues like cavities under the brackets and discoloration. To ensure that you or your child are cleaning your braces and teeth properly, Dr. Michael Emanuel and our team are happy to over instruction and advice.
Rinsing & Brushing
You or your child should rinse your mouth three to four times a day to loosen any food that may be caught in the braces. After rinsing, brush the teeth and braces thoroughly. Food can easily become lodged in braces, so it is important to brush regularly.
We realize that flossing while wearing braces can be difficult and that it takes longer than flossing without braces. However, we stress the importance of flossing at least once every day. If your child is wearing braces, you may want to help him or her floss. Flossing helps to keep the gums healthy.
Regular dental cleanings and exams should take place at least every six months. In addition to cleaning the braces and teeth, your regular dentist can point out areas that you or your child tend to miss in your dental hygiene routine. Your regular dentist can also suggest helpful dental tools to make oral hygiene while wearing braces easier.
Dental Hygiene on the Go
Even when you or your child are not at home, make sure proper dental hygiene techniques are being followed. You or your child should carry a toothbrush and toothpaste when you go to work or school to rinse and brush after your midday meal. When on vacation, make sure to continue to practice efficient dental hygiene.
We welcome you to contact Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC at 718-336-5005 today for more information about dental hygiene and to set up an appointment with our orthodontist in Brooklyn, New York.