Dental care with braces

Dental Care With Braces – What Dr. Huq Suggests…

When your mouth is loaded with extras — bands, brackets, and wires — brushing your teeth gets tougher and extra important. Plus, braces interfere with the natural chewing process that normally bathes and exercises gums and helps clean teeth.

At Access Dental we feel caring for your teeth and keeping them cavity-free is a top priority during orthodontic treatment.

While proper-fitting bands or brackets usually protect the covered portion of your teeth, the brackets and wires on the outside of teeth make it harder for the toothbrush to clean between teeth.

Trapped food particles and plaque are a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. Gum disease also can develop, causing swelling and making cleaning even more challenging and painful. Improper care can also stain tooth enamel.

“How do I brush my teeth with braces?”

Next, brush the inner surfaces in the same manner.
Brush the chewing surfaces.
Repeat the same process for the lower teeth as for the upper ones.
Rinse your mouth as well as your toothbrush. Check your teeth in a mirror to make sure you’ve brushed all tooth surfaces.
Floss daily between braces using a floss threader.
Toothpicks, stimudents, and other interdental devices work well under brackets.

You may also want to use a water oral hygiene device that helps to remove food particles the toothbrush may not reach.  It is used in addition to brushing and flossing, not as a substitute.

While wearing braces, be sure to schedule regular dental exams every three to six months for cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

For more information about how we at Access Dental can help you with dental braces, call us at 770 732-9222, we will be happy to talk with you.


” Dr. Huq, how often do I need to brush with dental braces?

Preferably brush within five minutes after you eat anything, whether you’re snacking or after a meal. Brushing away cavity-causing bacteria helps keep your teeth cavity-free.

Carry a travel toothbrush in a backpack, purse, or briefcase to always have on hand for brushing away from home.