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Looking at that mouthful of metal, you may be wondering how you are going to eat, and how you can make your smile a little less conspicuous. The last thing you may be thinking about is how to brush your teeth with your new dental work. But, braces give food particles and plaque even more places to hide, and so your daily dental hygiene routine will become even more important.

Frequency and time are important when it comes to keeping your teeth clean. While you have your braces, you should brush and floss after every meal and snack. You need to take your time while you brush – go slow and brush one or two teeth at a time.

Before you brush, rinse your mouth well with water to get rid of any loose food particles. Then, holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle start brushing along the gumline. Then brush from the tops of your teeth down to the tops of your brackets, and then brush below the brackets. When you are done, brush along the wire. Then, carefully floss your teeth. It can be frustrating at first, trying to work the dental floss between your teeth and your dental work. Your dentist can help, and you may find that using a floss pick, water flosser or floss threader may help. When you are finished brushing and flossing, rinse again to remove any food that may have been loosened.

If the time has come for you, or someone in your family to get braces, our dentist, Dr. Lee A. Mahlmann will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at Lee A. Mahlmann, DDS, MS, Inc. in Richmond, Texas, call 281-342-6311 today!