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When you have braces, it’s very important to keep your mouth clean. This means you need to keep up on oral hygiene and even take additional measures that provide a cleaner smile. When it comes to brushing, there are a few things you can do to provide a more productive brush, and our orthodontist, Dr. E. Glenn Glassman, is happy to tell you all about them.

First, always use a soft toothbrush. This might seem odd because a soft toothbrush might not sound like it can remove stubborn and tough objects from your mouth, but it does. A soft toothbrush properly cleans the teeth and is also soft and gentle on the gums, which is necessary for a top-notch smile.

Second, when you start your brushing routine, only brush with a wet toothbrush. Use the brush to remove the food and plaque around your braces. This is important because when you use toothpaste, the foam and bubbles make it tough to see. So, brush with a wet toothbrush first and then add toothpaste and complete the cleaning job.

Third, while you’re removing the debris from your mouth with your wet toothbrush, use a picking motion with your brush rather than a brushing motion. This can help you reach the smallest nooks and crannies around your appliance because your brush has approximately 2,000 bristles that act like little toothpicks. Picking away the food particles and plaque can help you remove them when they are caught under the wires and brackets.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about brushing with braces in St. Louis, Missouri, please contact Orthocare Systems Orthodontics at 314-739-8888 at your earliest convenience and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. We are more than happy to hear from and help you!