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Today at Donald W. Linck II DDS, INC, we would like to share some tips to help you stay on top of your oral health while straightening your teeth. While we always encourage strong oral hygiene habits along with regular checkups with your dentist, we especially stress this while you are straightening your teeth in Pleasant Hill, California.

With aligners, smile care is as simple as brushing and flossing your pearly whites as you normally do. However, if you are wearing braces with wires and brackets, you will want to be extra diligent to remove food particles and plaque. Let’s take a look at how to accomplish this with some tips from Dr. Donald W Linck II and our orthodontic team.

–If you are wearing elastics, begin by removing them before cleaning your teeth and gums. Once your chompers are thoroughly clean, put the elastics back on.

–It is important to use the right tools when working with your smile. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush along with fluoride toothpaste to help your teeth resist acids from food and drinks while strengthening enamel.

Note: a powered toothbrush is very effective at cleaning with braces as it efficiently cleans the inside and outside surface areas of each tooth using circular strokes.

–Brush each tooth along with your braces. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle against your gums as you clean the gum line using circular strokes. Next, clean any gaps between the wire and teeth and under the wires.

–Flossing is just as vital as ever as you maintain a healthy smile. Interdental floss brushes and picks or even water flossers are effective tools for thoroughly flossing your pearly whites.

–Make sure the foods you eat and drink support the beautiful smile you are creating. This means limiting or avoiding acidic foods and beverages, hard foods such as ice and sticky foods such as chewing gum that can harm your brackets and wires.

To stay on top of your oral health while straightening your smile, we hope these tips help you on your smile journey. If you would like to know more or have questions or concerns please give us a call at 925-933-0435. Dr. Donald W Linck II and our team in Pleasant Hill, California, look forward to helping you create the smile you deserve!