Have Braces? Here’s How You Can Avoid Plaque!

Posted on May 24, 2012

Have Braces? Here’s How You Can Avoid Plaque!

The dental team at HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam would like to congratulate you on choosing to straighten your teeth through orthodontic treatment! Straightening your smile is one of the best decisions you could make because a straight smile is a confident smile, opening up a world of opportunity for you. A straight smile is also cost-effective, saving you in treatments and dental appointments in the future.

However, cleaning your teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatment can be tricky – and without proper cleaning, plaque can build up on your teeth. Plaque is the name for the film of bacteria that resides on your teeth and can cause tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis (gum inflammation) and bad breath.

Here are the best ways to avoid issues with your teeth during orthodontic treatment:

  • Brush after every meal if possible and use a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste.
  • Ask HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam for recommendation for specially-designed toothbrushes that will make it easier to brush your teeth during your orthodontic treatment.
  • Avoid sweet drinks and snacks between meals – these can promote bacterial growth.
  • Carefully floss before going to bed.

Follow these valuable tips and contact HGS Ortho in Richmond and Port Coquitlam if you have any more questions about proper oral health care during orthodontic treatment.

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