How to Clean Your Braces

How to Clean Your Braces | Joel Lane Smith DDS | Beaumont, TX Being called, “metal mouth” isn’t exactly a nickname you want to cling to. However, being called a metal mouth while having spinach stuck in your teeth, is much worse. If you have recently gotten braces, congratulations! Braces are one of the best ways to correct small and large oral imperfections— leaving you with a straight and healthy smile. To help you get the most out of your new oral accessories, we have created a brief guide listing how you can clean out your braces and get rid of that spinach once and for all. Read on to learn more.

Step 1: Swish It Like You Mean It

Using either an oral mouth rinse or lukewarm water, swish your mouth. The pressure of the liquid against your teeth will help to get out any trapped food and particles. Repeat this step as necessary.

Step 2: Water Floss

Using traditional dental floss when you have braces can make you feel like you’re trapped in barbed wire. To skip the frustration of weaving floss in between your wires, try using a water flosser instead. By using a nozzle and pressurized water, a water flosser will work to get out yesterday’s lunch, today’s breakfast, and anything else in between.

Step 3: Brush What Your Mama Gave You

Whether you have braces or are brace free, brushing is the best thing you can do for your teeth. By scrubbing your teeth, brushing works to get rid of harmful plaque, tartar, and bacteria that can cause things like cavities later on down the line.

Step 4: Drink More Water

Drinking water isn’t just great at regulating your blood sugar, aiding in a healthy weight, and keeping your heart healthy— in fact, drinking more water can help increase your mouth’s production of saliva— which can work to get rid of any food that’s trapped in your braces.

To learn more about how you can take better care of your teeth, contact Dr. Joel Smith’s office today!

 

 

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