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If you have braces, you probably already know that it’s very important to care for your teeth, gums and appliance regularly. This means you need to have a diligent oral hygiene routine. Now, this might be a difficult goal to achieve if you’re not sure how to properly clean and care for your smile and braces during orthodontic treatment. So, our orthodontist, Dr. Merissa Blais, is happy to give you the tips you need. To have pristine oral hygiene, it’s best to do the following things:

-Brush after every meal: Brushing can help you remove food particles, debris and plaque from your teeth, gumline and braces, which can help you maintain a pristine and clean mouth as well as help you avoid embarrassing food-filled smile moments while you socialize. So, brush after each time you eat. To make this task easier, keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you at all times.

-Floss at least once a day: Flossing can also help you have a top-notch smile and appliance because it removes the dangerous substances from your mouth. It can also help you avoid embarrassing moments when you have food stuck in your braces and smile. If you can floss more than once a day, do it. You can make flossing easier by using waxed floss, floss threaders or a water flosser.

-Attend your dental checkups: Your dental checkups are vital for a top-notch oral health and orthodontic treatment. This is because the cleaning provided removes the plaque and tartar from your teeth, gums and appliance, which can help you prevent major dental issues, like tooth decay and periodontal disease. So, make sure to attend your checkups every six months.

To learn more about oral hygiene in Scarsdale, New York, please contact our orthodontic team at your earliest convenience. When you reach out to Blais Orthodontics at 914.472.9595, we will be happy to give you the answers, tips and information you need to know more. We look forward to helping you!