Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

When you have braces, you can’t forget your overall oral health!  Brushing and flossing is always important, no matter what stage of orthodontic treatment you are in.  We recommend that patients with braces brush their teeth after every meal for two minutes.  Keep in mind that holding the head of the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line will help the bristles clean around the brackets most effectively.

Floss threaders and orthodontic floss are available to help you thread floss underneath the wires of your braces.  Once you thread the floss underneath each wire, wrap your pointer fingers around each end of the floss.  Rub the side of each tooth up to the gum line, and once you’ve removed the plaque and food particles, remove the floss the thread it underneath the next wire.  If you feel flossing between your braces does not remove all the lingering food particles, you may be more effective with a water flosser.  Water flossers use a stream of water and a pulsing pressure to clean between your teeth and any brackets or appliances.

To learn more about oral hygiene and the services we provide, visit for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gregory Ross, DDS call our Forest Lake, MN location at 651-464-6988 or our Hudson, WI location at 715-808-8379.

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