By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
May 12, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  

Good oral hygiene is particularly important when you wear braces. If you don't remove plaque under your wires, you're more likely to develop cavities or gum disease. Fortunately, it's easy to protect your teeth by both visiting your Marion, AR, dentist, Dr. Wayne Cook, for follow-up visits and making a few changes to your usual oral care routine.

How to Practice Good Oral Hygiene When You Wear Braces

Following the cleaning recommendations provided by your dentist will help you safeguard your smile. Although brushing and flossing definitely take a little longer when you wear braces, brushing and flossing thoroughly will help you avoid cavities and other dental issues. These daily tasks will help you maintain your oral health:

  • Rinse Your Mouth Often: Rinsing removes food debris that can become stuck in and under your wires/brackets.
  • Add Extra Brushing Sessions to Your Day: In addition to brushing your teeth in the morning and evening, you should brush after every meal. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush from the top down. Place the brush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth when you brush. Replace your toothbrush every three months or when the bristles begin to flatten out or appear worn.
  • Don't Forget to Floss: Flossing removes plaque and debris between teeth and also helps you access those hard-to-reach areas under brace wires. Flossing threaders and interdental brushes can make the job a little easier. If you find flossing difficult, consider using a water-powered flosser to wash away plaque and food particles.

If you have questions about oral hygiene, let your dentist know during your visits to our Marion dental office. Your dentist and his staff can advise you on oral hygiene techniques and offer tips that may make brushing and flossing easier.

Keep your smile healthy with regular visits to Dr. Cook! Call our office at (870) 739-8799 to schedule an appointment.


Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
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