BRUSHING: IT’S THE FOUNDATION for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. And while you’re in braces, it’s especially important that you do a careful, thorough job. So now is a perfect time to really examine how well you brush your teeth. Ask yourself these three questions:
Your toothbrush should be small enough to reach every small corner inside your mouth, and it should have soft bristles. Braces can make your toothbrush wear down faster, so get a new toothbrush every few months.
Brush with the bristles against your teeth and gum line at a 45 degree angle. Brush in small, circular strokes, imagining plaque being swept away from the gum line.
NEVER brush too hard. Think about holding your toothbrush like a paintbrush! When it comes to brushing, elbow grease won’t get you anywhere—it just flattens the bristles against your braces where they can’t do any good. And, it can wear down your enamel more quickly.
It takes at least two minutes to do a thorough brushing job… 30 seconds per quadrant. While you’re in braces, it may take a little bit longer. And, don’t forget these frequently ignored spots:
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association has produced a quick-reference guide.
If you feel like you have the basics covered, try these tips: