When it comes to orthodontic care, one of the most important tips we provide is to stay on top of your oral hygiene. That means brushing and flossing thoroughly, especially after eating to keep your smile healthy and your treatment on track. When it comes to the steps have you ever wondered what the best approach is? Should you floss or brush first?
Why Floss Before Brushing
Flossing first is recommended because it removes plaque and bacteria from hard to reach places between your teeth before you put any pressure on the gums when brushing. According to some studies, flossing before brushing can be more effective for removing dental plaque. Flossing first was found to increase fluoride concentration delivered from the toothpaste. This makes your tooth enamel stronger and easier to resist decay.
Oral Hygiene Reminders for Braces
Orthodontic treatment requires teamwork! At Unionville Orthodontics we are proud to lead the team effort, along with you and your dentist. Here are some helpful reminders for your part in your care:
- Brush for two minutes after every meal or snack
- Rinse your mouth with water if you are unable to brush after eating
- Floss as often as possible, preferably before you brush
- Brush and floss before bed
- Keep up with your orthodontic appointments as directed by us
- Check-in with your dentist every 4-6 months for cleanings
- Avoid sugary drinks and food when possible to keep your smile healthy
Why Oral Hygiene Is Important
With all the work we are putting in together to give you your best smile, you want it to be healthy! Aligned and straight is great, but tooth decay is not. When plaque and food build-up around your braces, it can lead to permanent white marks known as decalcification. It can also contribute to cavities, swollen gums, bad breath and periodontal disease. So be sure to stay on top of that oral hygiene routine!
A Beautiful Smile Awaits You
At Unionville Orthodontics, we take the time to truly care for our patients. We want them to achieve healthy and beautiful smiles! Our team is here to answer any questions and provide support throughout your treatment.
You can enjoy straighter teeth without feeling self-conscious about your appearance with our invisible options like Invisalign or Clear Braces that are barely visible when worn.
Schedule an appointment at Unionville Orthodontics in Markham today!