How do I brush my teeth if I have fixed braces?
If you have fixed braces:
- Brush beginning with your upper teeth, working on the outside surface with your toothbrush positioned at a 45-degree angle toward the gum. Using a circular motion, do about 10 strokes over two or three teeth at a time.
- After you finish brushing the outside surface of your upper teeth, brush the inner surfaces in the same manner.
- Then brush the chewing surfaces.
- Use an interdental brush (ask your orthodontist for one or get one from your local pharmacy) to remove particles from between your teeth.
- Repeat the entire process on your lower teeth.
- Make sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with water several times. You may have a final rinse with mouthwash to leave your mouth feeling and smelling fresh. A mouthwash containing fluoride would also help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities.
- Check your teeth in a mirror to make sure that you have covered all surfaces and that no food particles remain on teeth or braces.
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