The Importance of Oral Hygiene with Braces

Patient in dental clinic

Keeping the teeth clean is more important than ever when a patient is having treatment with braces. During a braces treatment, food has more places to hide in the mouth, so diligent cleaning is more important than ever to avoid bad breath, swollen gums and tooth cavities. If plaque is regularly removed during a braces treatment, the result when they are removed will be enhanced and patients can even benefit from shorter a treatment time with the correct oral hygiene routine.

Clean one tooth at a time

Getting braces in Windsor from a dentist like Old Windsor Dental Practice, will mean patients get advise on how important it is to take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and to pay careful attention to the spots where teeth touch the braces.

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth

While the front surface of the teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of the teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surfaces. It is also very important to clean along the gum line, as this is key spot for plaque build-up on braces in Windsor.

Find the right floss

Regular dental floss works for some patients who are benefiting from braces in Windsor, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps get the floss into tight places in the mouth.

Eat, then clean

While having braces in Windsor, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth and these food bits interact with bacteria in the mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with teeth, the greater opportunity there is for plaque to form.

Make time for dental visits

It is very important to visit a dentist regularly while in treatment to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. Whether a patient is receiving treatment with removable braces in Windsor like Invisalign clear aligners or a fixed metal brace, regular dental visits are of paramount importance.