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                              Orthodontic brushing and flossing techniques   

Clean teeth move faster!!! On a soft bristled toothbrush, apply pea size amount of toothpaste. In a small circular motion, brush your teeth back to front all around the brackets; focus on the gumline, not your teeth. Angle your toothbrush up and down to get between the wire and braces. Using a floss threader ( if helpful) take a piece of floss, pull it through the loop. Aim the pointed part of the floss threader up under the wire, pull through until you reach the floss. Gently pull the floss up between the two teeth. Wrap the floss around the tooth so that you’re almost forming a letter ‘c’ around one tooth.. Then do the same to the tooth beside that one. Do not floss straight up and down, this can damage your gums.

**We recommend using a soft bristle toothbrush. Any brand is fine. Electric toothbrushes can also be used. The important thing is that you use your toothbrush the proper way to insure that you are getting your teeth and the braces clean. Toothbrush bristles will wear out much faster when you have braces.

Adult Oral Home Care Instructions (for our adult patients) Our adult patients must maintain a very strict regiment of excellent oral hygiene. The soft tissue supporting structures of adult teeth are much more susceptible to disease and damage during orthodontic tooth movement than a child's dentition. Subsequently, the following suggestions are made for our adult patients:

1. Take time to clean your braces at least 2 times per day.

2. Alter your routine 6 month tooth cleaning appointment with your family dentist to a 3 month schedule.

3. If you wish additional cleansing of the teeth, utilize a Water Pik irrigating device.

4. Please let your general dentist or us know of any areas of your gum tissue that bleed.

Following the above suggestions will help maintain your gum tissue in a healthy state during orthodontic care. Even with good home care, it frequently becomes necessary to have gum tissue treatment by your dentist or periodontist.