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Brushing and Flossing

It is important that you take good care of your teeth during orthodontic treatment to ensure a successful outcome. Braces trap food particles and also provide places for plaque to build up. Plaque and debris left on the teeth cause cavities and gum disease. Brushing and flossing regularly and effectively will keep your teeth and gums healthy and prevent decalcification (permanent markings), decay and periodontal disease. If the teeth and gums are not cleaned effectively while wearing braces, the treatment result may be significantly compromised.

Brushing with Braces

- Brushing should be done after every meal and especially before bed
- Particular attention should be paid to the gumline area

Brushing with a Proxabrush

- Proxabrush should be used at least once a day

Flossing with Threaders

- It is important to floss once a day
- Tying the floss to the end of the threader makes this process easier


Oral Irrigation

- Using oral irrigation once a day enhances oral hygiene by removing
  plaque and food particles from areas that may be difficult to clean
  with a toothbrush or floss
- Extremely effective at reducing bleeding and gingivitis by 
  massaging gum tissue 


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