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Tooth brushing and flossing becomes even more important when you have orthodontia. Braces create food traps that, if not regularly cleaned, can result in tooth decalcification, cavities, and gum disease. Here are some things you need to know about tooth care and orthodontia.

How Often To Brush

Since the risk of trapping food in your braces is so high, dentists suggest brushing your teeth and braces after every meal. If you are unable to do so, at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to get rid of food particles.

Brush Your Braces

A toothbrush isn’t just for your teeth anymore. Your orthodontia needs cleaning in order to keep good dental health. Clean the brackets, bands, and wire of your braces and check them in the mirror afterwards. You may want to consider purchasing an interdental brush, which is smaller and can fit more easily under the wire and between the braces.

How To Floss

Just because flossing around braces is harder and takes longer doesn’t mean your shouldn’t do it. Luckily, there are floss threaders and orthodontia flosses to help make the process easier. Also, don’t use unwaxed floss because it gets caught more easily in orthodontia than waxed floss does.


Whether you use water or a mouthwash, rinsing you mouth before and after cleaning is recommended for those with orthodontia. It can help clear away food caught in your teeth and braces in places that a toothbrush and floss may have missed.