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Oral Hygiene Specialist

Bayside Orthodontics -  - Orthodontics Provider

Bayside Orthodontics

Orthodontics Provider located in Bayside, NY

When you opt for orthodontic treatment, caring for your teeth takes a few extra steps. Orthodontic specialists Inna Gellerman, DDS, and Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, know how important it is to maintain optimal oral health when you have braces or other orthodontics. At Bayside Orthodontics in Bayside, New York, the team can help you and your family practice healthy oral hygiene habits during orthodontic treatment. To learn more, call Bayside Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.

Oral Hygiene Q & A

How do orthodontics affect oral hygiene?

Maintaining good oral health means brushing and flossing twice a day, visiting your dentist for bi-annual teeth cleanings, and notifying your dental team about any changes to your teeth and gums. While these may seem like simple steps, caring for your oral health can be difficult when you have orthodontics.

Certain orthodontic treatments, like braces, adhere to the surface of your teeth. Braces consist of metal brackets and wires that block a significant portion of your teeth. As a result, brushing and flossing is more complex and time-consuming.

Many adolescents, teenagers, and adults struggle to maintain healthy brushing and flossing habits during orthodontic treatment. Not only can this increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, it can also jeopardize the integrity of your braces.

How can I practice good oral hygiene with orthodontics?

Whether you have traditional braces or Invisalign® clear aligners, brushing and flossing after every meal is important for maintaining optimal oral health. If you have braces, however, there are also certain foods you should avoid. These foods include:

  • Hard candy (jawbreakers, toffee, praline)
  • Soft, chewy candy (caramel, taffy, licorice)
  • Bagels and soft breads
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Raw carrots
  • Apples
  • Gum
  • Ice

While sticky, chewy foods can get stuck in your braces, making them difficult to clean, hard foods can damage and break them.

Is there an easier way to brush and floss with braces?

Because brushing and flossing with braces is time-consuming, it’s hard to motivate yourself to do it twice a day. Fortunately, the team at Bayside Orthodontics has plenty of tips to help you brush and floss more efficiently during orthodontic treatment.

When you have orthodontics, a soft-bristled brush is gentle enough to remove bacteria and food debris from your teeth without damaging your braces.

Carefully brush the front, back, and chewing surface of each tooth to ensure there’s no leftover food debris. Then, gently brush the small space between your teeth and the wires of your braces. Finally, brush your gum line to eliminate sticky plaque.

Flossing is a challenge with braces. That’s why most orthodontists recommend a floss threader. The special tool has a handle and loop to help you floss the spaces under your archwire.

Once you’re finished brushing and flossing, rinse any leftover debris with mouthwash that contains tooth-strengthening fluoride.

For more tips on how to care for your oral hygiene with orthodontics, call Bayside Orthodontics or schedule an appointment online today.