Plaque is a white, sticky film that clings to your teeth and promotes dental issues, like tooth decay, gum disease, and teeth with white spots. It’s best to keep plaque at bay as much as possible, especially when you have braces. To help you do so, our orthodontist, Dr. Michael B. Wilhite, has some tips for you.
First, brush your teeth often. You need to brush more often than before you had braces. In fact, it’s best to brush after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and right before bed. As you scrub, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
Second, floss your teeth regularly. If you can’t floss often, you need to floss at least once a day. Now, we understand flossing with braces can be difficult, but it should be easier if you use handy tools like Superfloss that have stiff ends that can go easily through your braces spaces.
Third, swish your mouth. You can rinse up to four times a day if you would like, and it helps you kill the plaque and bacteria in your mouth as well as give you a fresh and pristine breath.
If you have any questions about how to prevent plaque buildup on your braces in Davidson, North Carolina, please reach out to Davidson Cosmetic & Family Dentistry at 704.987.2277. Our orthodontic team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!