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If you are aligning your smile, you are more susceptible to gum disease than those who aren’t. This is because the braces make it more difficult to deeply clean your teeth and completely remove the plaque on a regular basis. If the plaque isn’t removed, it can form gum disease, which is a serious dental issue that will irritate your gums and result in loose and lost teeth if you let it. So, to help you prevent this disease while you are working toward your perfect smile, our orthodontic team encourages you to do the following things:

Brush your teeth

It is very important to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. While you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Make sure you are gentle as you brush along the gumline but make sure you thoroughly clean the spaces between your brackets and your gums. Brushing will help remove the plaque from your teeth.

Floss your smile

Flossing is vital if you want to prevent gum disease. It frees the food particles and plaque that reside between your teeth. It also cleans the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth the brush is not able to clean. As you floss, remember to be careful not to harm the gums. If you need help knowing how to properly floss your smile, please feel free to ask us questions.

Visit your dentist

Dental cleanings are the only treatment that can completely remove plaque from your teeth, so it’s extremely important to keep up with your dental cleanings every six months. During these appointments, your dental team will deeply clean your smile and will scrape the surfaces of your teeth to remove the plaque that lives there.

Brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist are all things that will help you maintain the health of your smile all while you align your teeth. If you have any questions about gum disease in Brooklyn, New York, or if you would like to talk to your orthodontist, Dr. Michael Emanuel, about any concerns, please call 718-690-9560 now and schedule an appointment. Our team will be happy to assist you in any way possible!