Cavity Prevention and Good Gum Health Is Very Important When You Have Braces

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Your new set of orthodontic braces will help to correct the alignment of your teeth to improve your overall oral function, improve your smile’s appearance, and prevent problems like dental attrition. This is done by having Dr. Scott Vincent tighten your braces every four to six weeks. Each of these routine adjustments will gradually move your teeth one step closer to their ideal alignment.

Maintaining good oral hygiene during the realignment process is very important. Cavities and periodontal health problems can alter the tension on your braces. This could increase the total amount of time it takes to effectively correct the alignment of your teeth.   

A heightened focus on your daily oral hygiene routine will help to keep your teeth clean and prevent oral health problems. Brushing your teeth twice a day will help to remove plaque and food particles from the surfaces of your teeth. An interdental brush can also be helpful if you’re struggling to clean the contours created by braces hardware.

Flossing at least once each day is also very important during the realignment process. You need to make a daily effort to clean between each of your teeth as well as along the gum line. If you need help flossing around wires and other areas of braces hardware, you might want to try using a floss threader with waxed dental floss.

If you’ve had braces installed at Dr. Scott Vincent’s Sandy, Utah, clinic and you have oral hygiene questions, you can always call 801-495-2560 to speak a member of the staff at Vincent Team Orthodontics.