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Brushing is a very important task, especially when you have braces. This is because it removes the plaque, food particles and bacteria from your teeth, gums and appliance regularly. This can help you prevent dental issues, like tooth decay and gum disease, while you’re aligning your smile. So, please make brushing a top priority. To help you properly and effectively brush, our orthodontist, Dr. John R. Schouten, encourages you to do the following things:

-Use top-notch oral hygiene products while brushing, such as a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and interdental brushes. The soft-bristled toothbrush can clean the teeth and braces all while caring for the gums, the fluoride toothpaste can strengthen the tooth enamel to help you prevent cavities, and the interdental brushes can help you clean hard-to-reach areas in the mouth.

-Brush your teeth throughout the day, like after each time you eat. This can help you maintain clean and pristine teeth, gums and braces and it can even help you avoid food-filled smile moments. Make sure to pack your toothbrush and toothpaste in your backpack, briefcase or purse. If you can’t brush after your meal, swish your mouth with water.

-Avoid using whitening toothpaste when you brush. This is recommended because the whitening solution will whiten the tooth enamel around the braces brackets but not under them. This can give you an unevenly whitened smile when we remove your braces.

To learn more about how to brush when you have braces in Price, Utah, please contact Schouten Orthodontics and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. When you dial 435.637.0820, we will be more than happy to give you the answers, information and details you need. We look forward to hearing from you!