Orthodontic Brushing and Flossing

Oral Hygiene Overview

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Brush after every meal.

Photo: Brushing with Braces, exterior of teeth
Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.
Photo: Brushing with Braces, interior of teeth
Use circular, vibrating motions around the gum line for about 10 seconds on each tooth.
Photo: Orthodontic Tooth Brushing, below braces
Brush every tooth slowly.
Photo: Orthodontic Tooth Brushing, above braces
Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Floss nightly after brushing to remove the plaque missed by brushing.

Photo: Flossing while wearing Braces
Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces.
Photo: Orthodontic Flossing around Braces
Floss carefully around the braces.
 Photo: Flossing gum line and around braces
Floss carefully around the gum area.
Photo: Orthodontic Flossing for each tooth
Floss around each tooth.


Proper Oral Hygiene photo
Oral Hygiene
Poor Oral Hygiene photo
Brushing and Flossing