Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

While wearing braces, you are doing something great for your teeth. You are straightening them; promoting healthier teeth and gums, as well as creating a beautiful smile. However, while wearing the braces, it is important to brush and floss extra-carefully. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS wants to remind patients of the extra time needed to take care of teeth while wearing braces.

You do not want to have your braces taken off only to reveal unsightly staining. Braces can collect plaque along the edges, and if not removed, this can lead to staining around the edges of the brackets. This can also create places where bacteria can harbor and weaken your enamel. You want to enjoy your newly straightened smile, not have to deal with stains and decay.

In order to keep teeth clean with braces, brush along the tops and bottoms of the brackets in addition to all the normal surfaces you brush. Then use an interdental brush to clean the sides of the brackets. These brushes are sold where most dental supplies are sold and look like tiny trees. When there is no plaque covering the edges of the brackets, you have done a good job. Next, purchase Superfloss or a floss threader. This will make flossing much less of a hassle. It allows you to thread the floss behind your wires so you can get in and out of spaces quickly.

Make sure to also visit your dentist for routine cleanings. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS in our Holmdel, NJ office, give us a call at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website,

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