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How can you maintain oral hygiene using braces?

Keeping your orthodontic treatment (braces) clean is essential to maintain good oral hygiene
and prevent dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Here are some
tips on how to keep your braces clean:

1. Brush regularly: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals, to remove any food particles stuck in your braces or aligners. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride
toothpaste to clean your teeth and orthodontic appliances thoroughly. Pay special attention to the areas around your brackets, wires, and bands, as these are the places where food and plaque tend to accumulate.

2. Floss daily: Flossing is an important part of maintaining oral hygiene, especially when you have braces or aligners. Use floss threaders or orthodontic floss to get between the wires and teeth and remove any food particles or plaque that may be trapped there.

3. Rinse with mouthwash: Rinse your mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash to kill any bacteria that may be present in your mouth and prevent bad breath. Choose a mouthwash that is alcohol-free and recommended by your orthodontist.

4. Avoid hard, sticky, and sugary foods: Hard, sticky, and sugary foods can damage your
braces or aligners and cause tooth decay. Avoid foods such as popcorn, hard candies, gum, and caramel, which can stick to your braces and make cleaning difficult.

5. Visit your orthodontist regularly: Schedule regular appointments with your orthodontist for checkups and adjustments. Your orthodontist can evaluate the progress of your treatment, make any necessary adjustments, and advise you on how to keep your orthodontic treatment clean and healthy.

In summary, keeping your braces clean requires regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing with
mouthwash, avoiding hard, sticky, and sugary foods, and visiting your orthodontist regularly for
checkups and adjustments. By following these tips, you can ensure that your braces stays
clean and healthy, and you achieve the best possible results from your treatment.
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