Orthodontic Brushing and Flossing

Oral Hygiene Overview

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Oral Hygiene Overview
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Brush after every meal.

Brushing with Braces
Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.

Brushing with BracesUse circular, vibrating motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth.

Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
Brush every tooth carefully and slowly.
Angle the brush so that each tooth is
cleaned above, below, and on each brace.

Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
Remember to also brush all the other
 surfaces of your teeth as well as your
tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss nightly to remove the plaque missed by brushing.

Flossing with BracesCarefully thread floss under the wire.

Flossing with BracesWrap a “C” shape around one of the teeth and slide the floss up and down gently.

Orthodontic FlossingMove the floss to the tooth next door, wrap a “C” around it, and floss there as well.  Continue this way and floss around each tooth.

 

Results

Proper Oral Hygiene photoProper Oral Hygiene

Poor Oral Hygiene photoImproper Brushing and Flossing