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Do you treat your teeth with orthodontics? Are you looking for the right dental cleaning method appropriate for your condition? If so, follow the article to find out.

cleaning teeth with braces properly

Having orthodontics means keeping the teeth more clean, so we will review in the following the correct dental cleaning method for healthy teeth, and the teeth that are treated with orthodontics:

Teeth cleaning method

The method of cleaning the teeth is one, whether the teeth are natural, artificial, or even orthodontic, and the method of cleaning the teeth is divided into three sections as follows:

1. The method of brushing the teeth and paste

Before mentioning the steps of the method of brushing and toothpaste, it is worth following the following tips regarding brushing and toothpaste, which are as follows:

  • Choose a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles so that it can reach all parts of the mouth.
  • It is preferable to be careful to choose a toothpaste rich in fluoride.
  • You should brush your teeth at least in the morning and evening, for two minutes each time.
  • Be sure to change your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

As for the method of brushing and toothpaste, it is applied as follows:

  1. Adjust the toothpaste brush at a 45 angle to the gums.
  2. Move the brush down and up to clean the front teeth.
  3. Repeat the process of stirring from the bottom up with the rest of the teeth.
  4. Clean the internal, external, upper, and lower parts of the teeth, especially the parts between the teeth and orthodontics, if any, to completely get rid of the small parts stuck to them from food that may lead to tooth decay.

2. The method of cleaning teeth using floss

It is recommended to clean between the teeth by flossing at least once a day, to maintain the health of the teeth and gums, as the brush and paste alone are not enough to get rid of the bacteria that cause plaque.

The method of flossing the teeth is very simple and is done according to the following steps:

  1. Stretches a string approximately 20 centimeters long.
  2. The floss is passed between the teeth from the surface of the tooth to the gums, and you must be careful while passing to avoid damage to the gums.

In the event of difficulty in using floss to clean the teeth, especially in the presence of braces, the orthodontic tool called Floss Threader can be used, which is similar to a sewing needle, and greatly facilitates the passage of thread between the parts of the braces.

3. How to clean teeth with mouthwash

It is recommended to use an antibacterial mouthwash at least twice a day, as it helps to get rid of food residues stuck between the teeth, and also reduces infections caused by the installation of braces if any.

The method of brushing the teeth with a mouthwash requires only rinsing with an effective mouthwash twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, after brushing and toothpaste.

Important tips for cleaning orthodontic teeth

The method of cleaning the teeth as previously noted is similar with or without orthodontics, but if there is a calendar, the following tips must be followed in addition to the previous methods:

  • It is recommended to clean orthodontic teeth in the morning and evening, and after each meal.
  • Removable braces should be cleaned with a solution designed for this purpose once daily.

Consequences of neglecting to brush teeth

If you do not follow the correct method of cleaning the teeth, this exposes the person to many health problems, most notably: 

  1. Gingivitis:  Inflammation of the gums results from the accumulation of germs in the mouth, especially bacteria, and inflammation can develop later in the following condition.
  2. Periodontitis (Periodontitis): It results from neglecting the treatment of gingivitis, as the inflammation extends to the ligaments and bones that support the teeth, and begins to widen the gap between the teeth and gums.
  3. White teeth spots (Decalcifications): They occur as a result of the tooth's loss of calcium in addition to not keeping it clean, and it is usually around orthodontics, and it remains for life.
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