You know that you need to brush your teeth often to keep your mouth healthy, but brushing your teeth with braces can feel like such a chore. Before you think about skipping this task, remember that food stuck between your teeth will become the plaque that eventually causes tooth decay and problems with your gums. Keep your smile brighter.
Twice a Day
The standard advice that most dentists will give you is to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. Remember that the goal is to remove food particles, not freshen your breath. If you’re going to brush in the morning and before bed, you should make sure to brush after you’ve eaten your breakfast. Make sure that you’re brushing for a full two minutes – 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth.
After eating, food particles settle around your teeth. When you have braces, there are even more nooks and crannies in which food can hide. While the dentist might recommend brushing twice a day, it’s smarter to brush after each meal and snack. This might not be convenient, but it will certainly keep your teeth healthier. Many people carry a small travel toothbrush to make this possible.
When You Can’t Brush
You can still get rid of a large portion of food particles even if you can’t brush after every meal. Simply take some time to rinse your mouth out with water at the end of the meal. Put the water in your mouth and give it a good, strong swish. This loosens the food particles, and you can spit them out into the sink.
Brushing your teeth might not be the most exciting thing you do each day, but you’ll appreciate the way it makes your teeth sparkle, especially once the braces come off. Be sure to brush at least twice a day.
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