Two young boys with brushes

Brushing and flossing were important before you got braces, but patients undergoing orthodontic treatment need to be even more dedicated to good oral hygiene.

Braces trap food very easily, which contributes to plaque formation. If plaque is not carefully removed from teeth and around braces, patients run the risk of developing gum disease, dental decay and/or decalcification markings (permanent white scarring).

Plaque is a mixture of bacteria and food debris. The bacteria feed on sugars and produce acids. These acids can irritate your gums, erode the enamel on your teeth and contribute to bad breath. It is important to remove the plaque thoroughly and often. Brush at least three times a day. It is best to brush after meals to make sure there is no food trapped in or around braces. If you are not able to brush after lunch, at least rinse your mouth with water very thoroughly. It is important to brush the braces and all the surfaces of the teeth, but pay special attention to the areas between your braces and your gums.

Don’t ignore your dentist just because you’re visiting our orthodontic practice regularly. It is still important to visit your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. You should go at least twice a year, or as often as your dentist recommends.

At SV Orthodontics we believe that if you learn good oral hygiene practice at a young age,

you’ll practice these good hygiene habits over your lifetime.