Brushing and Flossing in McAllen, Brownsville, Weslaco, and Harlingen, TX

Brushing and flossing are an important part of ensuring successful results when you undergo orthodontic treatment our McAllen, Brownsville, Weslaco, and Harlingen, TX orthodontic offices. Regular brushing and flossing removes plaque and concentrated bacteria from the mouth, which helps prevent cavities and bad breath.

Brushing and Flossing: Your tools to prevent cavities and gum disease

Plaque forms on the smooth surfaces and in-between teeth after we eat food, especially those rich in carbohydrates. Three things are needed to cause cavities: a tooth surface, bacteria, and a food source. If you remove the food source, you remove the chance for bacteria to create a cavity! Brushing removes plaque from the smooth surfaces of your teeth. Flossing removes plaque and concentrated bacteria from in-between your teeth, preventing bad breath.

Brushing Instructions

Brushing is done with minimal pressure in circular motions with a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste. Taking two minutes to complete, we recommend that patients brush every tooth and include massaging gums with the toothbrush bristles. Pay close attention to the areas between the braces and the gum line.

brushing with braces

Many patients ask if an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one. The answer really depends on personal preference. A traditional toothbrush is more technique sensitive and requires better hand-eye coordination. An electric toothbrush may be better for individuals with limited dexterity or difficulty guiding a manual toothbrush around the mouth. If you have questions about which type of toothbrush is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask a member of our orthodontic team.

Flossing Instructions

Flossing is done with a single piece of dental floss. Feed floss in between teeth and wire, and guide into the gingival sulcus. This makes sure the gum pocket is thoroughly cleaned. 

flossing with braces

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