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Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is essential. You’ll have cleaner teeth and a more attractive smile as a result. When you brush and floss, you eliminate a layer of germs that has built up on your teeth. Plaque is the primary cause of tooth decay and gum disease.


With braces, it is significantly more difficult to keep your teeth clean. Brackets and the spaces between your teeth get clogged up with food. Plaque may be prevented by brushing and flossing after meals. This should become a regular part of your routine. Brush in tiny circles above and below the brackets with a soft toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Because of your appliances, your toothbrush’s bristles will fray quicker, so replace it as soon as you see them starting to wear thin.

Long-term plaque buildup can leave a visible white scar on the teeth’s surface. Even if you use a waterpik or an electric toothbrush, you should still see your dentist at least once every six months for a thorough cleaning of your teeth.

Interdental Toothbrush

A Proxabrush is an interdental (between the teeth) toothbrush that you may use to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. To prevent damage to your wires, use a Proxabrush to carefully clean any crevices. The Proxabrush will help you clean your braces while ensuring that your teeth and gums remain healthy.


It takes practice to get the hang of flossing while wearing braces, but the results are well worth the effort. Getting the floss beneath the wire that connects the braces is the first step in flossing. Your dental floss will be a lot easier to reach with a threader. Stiff-ended dental floss is also available. A pre-cut design makes it a cinch to slip under archwires.

Once the floss is under the archwire it can be wrapped around the tooth on one side. The floss is then pushed up toward the gum line and then pulled down toward the wire. This should be repeated four to five times to ensure all plaque is removed. Be careful not to put too much pressure on the wire as you pull down. Then wrap the floss around the neighboring tooth. Once both teeth are done, the floss is pulled out and the process repeated for the next two teeth.

Antibacterial Mouthwash

Antiseptic mouth rinse Peroxyl may lessen the irritation of your gums and cheeks thanks to it using hydrogen peroxide as an active ingredient. Peroxyl is an anti-infective and anti-irritant that may help keep your braces from becoming infected or irritating your skin. Rinse using  two teaspoons of Peroxyl (half a capful) for 60 seconds and then spit it out. After meals (or after school) and before night, you may rinse with Peroxyl up to four times a day, as long as you stick to your normal brushing regimen. Peroxyl is similar to utilizing peroxide to treat a scratch on your skin. Canker sores, cheek bites, and other small lesions to the gums may be treated with Peroxyl, which is available over the counter.

Topical Fluoride

Phos-Flur is a sodium fluoride gel that helps prevent tooth decay while you are wearing braces by killing bacteria and replacing minerals in tooth enamel that have been exposed to harmful acids. As a last step before going to sleep, clean your teeth with Phos-Flur and floss as you normally would. You can wash your teeth with a little strip of Phos-Flur and then spit it out. After using Phos-Flur, you must refrain from eating or drinking for 30 minutes. Do not remove the active component from your teeth with food or drink for at least 30 minutes.

Cleaning Your Removable Appliance

If you have a detachable appliance, brush and floss it every day to keep it in good condition. Soak your appliance every day to remove food particles and plaque that might build up on it. Take one tablet of Polident, Efferdent, or another denture-cleaning product and dissolve it in a glass of room temperature tap water. Soak your appliance in this solution once daily for best results. You’ll enjoy the flavor of your appliance even more, and you’ll also avoid the growth of germs and plaque on it.