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Braces can help you achieve the smile of your dreams, but they can also make keeping up on oral hygiene a little difficult. This is tough because oral hygiene is vital if you want a strong oral health and top-notch orthodontic results. So, to make things a little easier, our orthodontist, Dr. Park, would like to give you the secret tips you need to effectively brush your smile when you have braces in Phoenix, Arizona.

First, use a soft toothbrush to clean your braces and smile. Although a hard toothbrush might seem like it’ll provide a better cleaning job, a soft toothbrush is the best toothbrush to use. It will properly clean your teeth and braces all while keeping your oral tissues in tip-top shape.

Second, begin your brushing routine by cleaning with a wet toothbrush. This can help you remove food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach areas of your mouth easier. This is because brushing with toothpaste can cover your mouth with foam and bubbles, which can make it tough to see, resulting in an improper cleaning job. So, begin your routine by scrubbing with a wet toothbrush and then add toothpaste later.

Third, when you use your wet toothbrush, use a picking motion to clean your teeth and braces. This can help your toothbrush bristles act like toothpicks. It can reach the small nooks and crannies of your appliance and provide a top-notch cleaning job. When you add toothpaste to your brush, feel free to return to your scrubbing motion.

For more information and details about how to brush when you have braces, please contact our orthodontic office, Arizona Orthodontic Centers, at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 623-877-8500 and our orthodontic team will be more than happy to help you!