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How do you brush your teeth with braces?

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To brush teeth with braces, remove elastic bands, if any, and any other removable parts, then brush with a soft-bristle toothbrush, according to WebMD. Rinse thoroughly with water.

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Using a toothbrush with rounded and soft bristles, brush each tooth with an up-and-down movement, advises WebMD. Next, use a proxabrush, also called a Christmas tree brush, which has been designed specially for cleaning the space between braces. Gently push the brush first from the top downward and then from the bottom in an upward direction in the tiny spaces between the braces, and brush with gentle strokes. Do this repeatedly until the spaces between all the teeth and braces are thoroughly clean.

Rinse with water, then spit out the water. Finish by rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash to reach all the spaces that a toothbrush misses. To floss, thread the floss through the space between the wire and each tooth, using a gentle sawing motion to clean the sides of each tooth.

Braces, wires, rubber bands and any other foreign object in the mouth can cause food particles to stick to the teeth and result in plaque formation, notes WebMD. The usual normal orthodontic requirement is for a person to brush every time he eats a meal or snack.

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