Have you gotten braces recently? If you have, it could change how you care for your smile. While you should still brush your teeth, maybe more frequently than before, you may alter your routine slightly. Today, we would like to provide a guide to how you can brush your teeth with braces properly so that you can keep your dental health.

Your braces could create areas where food and plaque can get caught in, which ultimately may lead to gum disease or tooth decay. A soft-bristled toothbrush with thin bristles can be used to help clean the brackets and wires, but you should keep in mind that toothbrushes may need replacing more frequently when you have braces.

If your braces have elastics, they may need to be removed before you brush. You can tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and use a gentle back and forth motion where your gums meet your teeth. You should brush along the top, front, and bottom of the brackets and the wire with enough pressure so the bristles can gently push against them. After brushing, you can rinse, check for remaining food particles and replace your elastics.

If you would like more information on brushing your teeth with braces in San Antonio, Texas, or want an appointment with Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian, please call us at 210-761-5452. Culebra North Dental Care wants to help you have great dental health so you can have a beautiful smile.