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Great dental hygiene is imperative, particularly if you are wearing braces. Dental hygiene during orthodontic treatment can prevent issues like cavities under the brackets and discoloration. To ensure that you or your child are cleaning your braces and teeth sufficiently, Dr. Bertha Dieguez and our team are happy to over instruction and advice.

Rinsing & Brushing
You or your child should rinse your mouth three to four times each day to loosen any food that might be caught in the braces. After rinsing, brush the teeth and braces thoroughly. Food can easily become lodged in braces, so it is important to brush regularly.

Flossing
We realize that flossing while wearing braces can be difficult and that it takes longer than flossing with no braces. However, we stress the importance of flossing at least once every day. If your child is the one wearing braces, you may want to help him or her floss. Flossing helps to keep the gums healthy by loosening and removing food particles and plaque at and under the gumline, and between the teeth.

Regular Cleanings
Regular dental cleanings and exams should be scheduled at least twice a year. In addition to cleaning the braces and teeth, your regular dentist can point out areas that you or your child miss in your dental hygiene routine. Your regular dentist can also suggest helpful tools to make dental hygiene while wearing braces easier.

To learn more about dental hygiene and to set up a visit with our dentist in Birmingham, Alabama, contact Dieguez Smiles at 205-980-4744 today.