At Family Dental Care in Bowling Green, Kentucky, Drs. Brenda Walden, Gary Walden, and Andy Walden are pleased to provide excellent oral care for our patients straightening their smile. If you are wearing braces, you will want to go the extra mile in caring for your pearly whites. Preventing plaque is important with or without braces, but braces, wires, springs and rubber bands are magnets for food particles and plaque buildup, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is always important, but while wearing braces you will want to step up your cleaning routine by brushing every time you eat, whether it be a meal or snack. Using an oral irrigator, or water flosser, is also a helpful tool to use while wearing braces as it can reach those places a toothbrush can’t. When caring for your smile, we recommend the following:
Brushing – brush with a soft toothbrush, brushing downwards from the top, and then up from the bottom. Do this with each tooth which has braces, using an interdental toothbrush. Remember to replace the toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray.
Flossing – place the short end of your floss through the space between the main arch wire and the upper section of your tooth nearest the gum. Gently work the floss on the sides of the two teeth the floss is between. There are also threader flosses that are designed to maneuver under and around your wires.
Mouthwash – finish up with an anti-cavity fluoride mouthwash that can rinse away loosened particles and oral debris and also kill any lingering bacteria.
At Family Dental Care in Bowling Green, Kentucky, we pride ourselves in giving you the best quality care your smile deserves. If you would like more information, or to schedule your next visit with Drs. Brenda Walden, Gary Walden, or Andy Walden, please call our team at 270.282.0909 today!