Having braces can be a real challenge when it comes to oral hygiene care. It is estimated that about 3 million teenagers and many adults wear braces today. Now comes the task of how to clean braces. It is during the orthodontic treatment that it is critical that proper oral hygiene be maintained to prevent dental problems.
Establishing a daily oral hygiene routine is crucial when wearing braces. A little more effort will be required to get your child to understand the importance of doing a meticulous job of cleaning his teeth on a daily basis. This can be accomplished with extra encouragement of the child to be thorough and patient. Proper oral care is key to avoiding dental problems such as gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and cavities (decay of the teeth). It is imperative to remove food and plaque (sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth) from around the brackets and wires to avoid these oral health issues.