Brushing Your Teeth With Braces
13 July 2018
Oral hygiene is extremely important and we are unable to start any orthodontic treatment on anyone who has poor oral hygiene.
How You Can Keep Your Teeth Healthy
- Brush at least twice a day — at least half an hour after breakfast and before bedtime. Brushing properly breaks down plaque, which is a clear film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth.
- Brush all surfaces of your teeth and gums (don't forget to brush behind your teeth) using circular motions. You can use the forward and backward (scrubbing) motions on the biting surfaces and behind the teeth.
- Take your time while brushing. Spend at least 2 minutes each time you brush (4 minutes if you are wearing a fixed appliance). TIP: If you have trouble keeping track of the time, play a recording of a song you like to help pass the time or use an egg timer.
- Choose the right brush - Be sure your toothbrush has medium bristles and a small head. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
- Use a Mouthwash – We recommend that you use a Fluoride mouthwash at a seperate time to brushing.
- Use Interdental brushes - These are designed to get rid of food that's hidden where your toothbrush can't reach, no matter how well you brush. Interdental brushes come in different sizes, so please ask a member of our orthodontic team to help you choose the correct size.
- Brush your tongue - to help keep your breath fresh!
- Visit your dentist regularly – They will check for signs of cavities (holes in your teeth) and gum disease.
- Eat Healthy - Remember you also need to be careful about what you eat and drink. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks, especially in between meals.
Disclosing tablets are great too!
We sell these at our practice and most dental practices should have them in stock too. These are used to help highlight areas you are missing. After brushing, place a disclosing tablet in your mouth, chew thoroughly and lick all tooth and gum surfaces using your tongue. At this point you may wish to spit out any excess saliva. The areas of plaque will be highlighted in different colours depending on how long it has been left on the tooth surface. Then brush your teeth until all the stain is removed.