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Whether you are an young person, or an adult, if you have braces, you may quickly discover that brushing your teeth is a different process than what you are used to. Braces may add a new challenge to brushing, but having them doesn’t mean you can brush any less. Just differently

Like anything, you need the right tool for the right job. Keep in mind that you aren’t just brushing your teeth, you are cleaning around the brackets, wires and other the other parts of your braces in your mouth. Those brackets create new places for bacteria breed and plaque to develop, contributing to tooth decay and gum disease. It’s best to choose a toothbrush that will be soft enough not to damage your gums or the enamel of your teeth, but strong enough to remove the food particles and plaque. It’s best for you to ask Dr. Kyle M. Triggs at Alaska Dental Associates in Anchorage, Alaska, to recommend the right to right toothbrush for you.

Along with your toothbrush you to need to have the right toothpaste. Fortunately most
brands of toothpaste are fine for people with braces. However, you will want to avoid products that whiten your teeth, since they will only work on those areas that areas that the braces do not cover. While most brands will do this, you should talk with your dentist and see what he suggests. Keep an eye on your toothbrush. With braces, it may wear out faster than usual, so replace it at least every three months, or sooner if it starts looking worn out. Believe it or not, you will have to still have to floss even with all of that hardware in your mouth. Don’t panic! The doctor can suggest methods and products that will help you to floss.

Usually, a good rule is to brush your teeth at least twice a day. But with braces, you will need to up the effort. You should brush at least three times per day, and you should really make the effort to brush about 30 minutes after every meal. Take your time when you brush. You should only brush one or two teeth at a time in circular motions. Plan on making at least 10 circles when you brush. Make sure that you pay attention to the brackets and wires to make sure you have removed anything caught in them, and make a careful inspection of your mouth when you are done.

It may sound like a really big challenge but brushing your teeth and your braces is not very difficult at all. If you have questions about your oral hygiene routine, contact our office at 907-562-2284, today.