How to Brush Teeth With Braces

Whether your children have braces for six months or two years, one thing is certain: It is crucial that they learn how to brush their teeth with braces. Dental braces make brushing difficult because food particles and plaque can adhere to the brackets and teeth. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the number of times a person with braces should brush each day varies from orthodontist to orthodontist, but it is important to brush after every meal.

Brushing Teeth With Braces

Before you brush, rinse with water. This can help loosen any food lodged in and around the braces. When you're ready to brush, start by brushing at the gumline at a 45-degree angle. After brushing the gumline, place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket. Then, reposition the toothbrush to brush the bottom of the bracket and the wire, angling the toothbrush up. Go slowly. Make sure to brush every tooth at the gumline as well as above and below the brackets. This will ensure you'll reach the majority of the tooth's surface and help to remove plaque and food debris. Even kids who are old enough to brush on their own may require help until they are comfortable properly angling the toothbrush and have learned how to brush their teeth with braces.

Cleaning Between Teeth

Flossing is a crucial step toward keeping teeth healthy. Use a floss threader to make flossing with braces easier. Soft picks can help brush very tight spaces. After brushing, you can help prevent cavities by rinsing with a mouthwash like Colgate Total Advanced Health, which removes 24x more bacteria for a healthier mouth.

Taking care of teeth with braces requires diligence. Kids in braces don't always have the discipline they need to care for their teeth, so it's important for parents to encourage and help with tooth care. And, even with braces on, kids should see their dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups.

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Top Tips for EARLY ORTHODONTICS

  • Swish with water before brushing – instruct your child to rinse with water after eating. This will loosen food that may be caught in the braces, then brush thoroughly.
  • Floss once a day – each night help your child floss. Flossing helps loosen food debris and plaque at and under the gum line that would otherwise harden into tartar. It can also help reach the nooks and crannies in the teeth that might be difficult to reach with a toothbrush.
  • Use a fluoride rinse – after brushing and before bed have your child rinse with fluoride rinse to help keep teeth strong and healthy
  • Dental visits every six months – take your child to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. The dentist can point out areas that need more attention, and help make sure you're keeping your child’s teeth healthy and clean.

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