3 Tips for Cleaning Teeth with Braces
If your child has braces, it is clear that you as a parent understand the importance of good oral health. Otherwise, why would you spend so much money to correct your child’s smile? However, while braces can straighten teeth, creating an aesthetically pleasing appearance and a properly aligned bite, they can also pose a challenge when it comes to keeping teeth clean. Here are three tips to help your child maintain proper oral hygiene while wearing braces.
- Brush After Each Meal – While the standard for brushing is normally twice per day, brushing after each meal gives your child extra opportunities to clear away debris that may be caught in the braces during mealtime. Keeping the teeth and braces clean will help to prevent the spread of plaque that can lead to tooth decay.
- Brush Longer – Make sure your child is taking a little extra time with each tooth to ensure they are cleaned. While a normal brushing session should last 2 full minutes, children with braces may have to spend twice as long in front of the mirror.
- Don’t Forget to Floss – Flossing can be difficult with braces, but it is very important. Your orthodontist should be able to provide you with a supply of threaders that will help your child to get the floss between teeth despite the apparatus potentially being in the way. It may take a little extra time to floss, but it will be worth it when the braces come off and teeth are not only straight but also healthy.
More Tips for Parents and Kids at BRSH+FLSS
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry believes that prevention is the best form of medicine. That’s why we offer helpful tips to parents and children to keep tooth decay at bay. We also want to provide two checkups a year so you can stay ahead of dental health problems, so don’t forget to schedule an appointment for your kids by calling 619-741-1500.