4 Ways To Keep Your Braces Clean

April 23, 2014 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Dental Tips

Braces are still popular, effective treatments for straightening teeth. They do, however, present some challenges when it comes to maintaining proper oral hygiene. If you have braces, this article will introduce four ways to maintain proper oral care.

1. Use An Electric Toothbrush

An electric toothbrush offers the ability to quickly and easily clean hard-to-reach areas. Some models are even equipped with a tip that is able to fit between the wires of braces for an even better performance.

2. Floss

Flossing feels like a chore for many people, even for those without braces, but it’s extra important when braces enter the picture. Food particles and bacteria have additional cracks and crevices to hide, so adding flossing to the daily dental routine will help avoid cavities and bad breath.

3. Cut Your Food Into Bite Sizes

Crunchy foods like apples and pretzels can damage braces by loosening wires or removing permanent fixtures. Cutting corn off the cob and slicing pears into bite-sized pieces will help keep your braces in good shape, as well as help keep food from getting lodged in unreachable areas.

4. Carry A Travel Toothbrush

Removing food immediately from braces keeps your teeth clean and can make a big difference in your smile. Packing a travel-size toothbrush doesn’t take up much space, and it’s a convenient option for removing food particles that become trapped in the metal wires.

To learn more information about dental maintenance, call The New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 212-288-4455.


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