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5 Ways to Maintain Oral Hygiene While Wearing Braces

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When you have braces, you might find it more tough than usual to keep your oral hygiene up. You suddenly have to work around your braces when you are brushing and flossing to ensure that you get into all those nooks and cranny’s. If you don’t get those food chunks and bacteria out of there, you could be risking infections and other nasty conditions. That’s why it’s up to you to understand how exactly you can maintain your oral hygiene when you have those braces on. Keep reading down below to learn more about how you can do just that with some top tips.

Make Sure to Always Floss Daily – No Matter How Annoying It May Be

Of course, flossing is one of the most important things that you can do when you have braces. And yes, it can be super annoying to floss while you have braces. You have to maneuver around your braces to get in between your


teeth. However, if you don’t floss on a daily basis while you have braces, you are putting your mouth at risk of an infection that can seriously ruin your oral hygiene. Just like without braces, flossing is the most important thing you can do for your hygiene. No one wants to deal with a gum infection that comes from not flossing enough!

Brush Every Morning and Night

Brushing your teeth is, of course, the most important step in ensuring that you have proper mental hygiene. Now, this is going to be more annoying to do while you have braces, but make sure that you get proper brushes for your braces and things will be a bit more manageable. There are toothbrushes that are especially designed for those people with braces to get in between them. Speak with your orthodontist about the best equipment you should get to keep your teeth squeaky clean and keep your oral hygiene up there.

Go Back to The Mirror and Check to Make Sure You Did A Good Job After Brushing And Flossing

After you’ve brushed and flossed, you should go back to the mirror and check your hard work. When you have braces, you can pretty easily see when you’ve missed a chunk or two of food. Go through your teeth in the mirror and check to see how you’ve done. If you notice that you haven’t gotten everything out of your braces, then you can go back and brush/floss again.

Always Rinse Out Your Mouth with Mouthwash After Brushing/Flossing

After you have finished brushing and flossing, you can’t remember the last step in your oral hygiene journey. You’ve got to rinse out your mouth with a great mouthwash to get rid of those extra food chunks and ensure your mouth is clean from any nasty bacteria. This is an extra step that can help to ensure that you have great oral hygiene, no matter what.

Try Not to Eat Foods That Can Easily Get Stuck in Your Braces

And lastly, there is a big preventative step that you can take to keep up your oral hygiene. A lot of the times, you might eat some type of food that can easily get stuck in your braces. This causes you a headache after dinner because you have to spend longer than usual trying to free that food from your braces. That’s why you should try to only stick with foods that are not going to get stuck in your braces. This will ensure that you don’t have to get frustrated every time that you eat dinner.

There you have it! Keeping your oral hygiene up while you have braces is a tall order. But if you follow the above steps, you are sure to have a super clean mouth for everyone to admire.

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