Braces need your care to keep them clean and functional. However, it is pretty challenging to clean teeth with braces. Perhaps you or your child has been experiencing this problem for quite some time now.

Don’t worry! Here are tips and tricks on how you can maintain good oral hygiene and keep your braces in tip-top shape.

Spend more time on every tooth. And by every tooth, this means taking about 10 seconds brushing each of them, particularly on the areas where your braces touch the surface of your teeth. It is also equally important to include the inner surfaces of your teeth and not just the front side. The gum line is a vital part that needs adequate attention too.

Brush after every meal. Since your teeth are on treatment, your oral hygiene practices may have to be enhanced. This means that you have to brush your teeth after every meal. Food can easily get caught between the metal wires and your teeth. When left unremoved, bacteria can destroy your teeth and cause decay.

You may have to clean your teeth wherever you go. This is why it is important to always keep a dental hygiene kit inside your purse or backpack. You may find an extra toothbrush and dental floss handy when the time comes (which could be after munching down a scrumptious dinner).

It might be time to change your toothbrush. It turns out that pointy brushes, also known as interproximal brushes, do well in reaching hard-to-reach areas around your teeth. Just perfect for the little areas around your braces!

Sometimes, you can leave it to the pros. While personal oral hygiene is a must, making time to have your teeth checked and cleaned by a professional helps a whole lot in keeping your teeth and dental appliance in good shape.

Does your child have braces? Are you still planning to get your kid one? If yes, schedule an appointment with one of our trained orthodontists in West Covina or Los Angeles by calling 800-717-KIDS. Children’s Dental FunZone can help give your child the beautiful smile he or she deserves.

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