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Do you have braces? If so, you probably know how important brushing is. Brushing should be a top priority, especially because it helps you maintain a top-notch oral health, smile and orthodontic appliance. To help you properly and effectively brush your teeth when you have braces in Temple, Texas, our orthodontist, Dr. Joshua Knowles, is happy to share some brushing tips. Those tips are:

-Use the proper oral hygiene tools when brushing, like a soft-bristled toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and interdental brushes. The soft-bristled toothbrush can properly clean the teeth and braces all while keeping your gums in tip-top shape. The fluoride toothpaste can clean your smile and strengthen your tooth enamel, which can help you avoid cavities. The interdental brushes can clean the small, tight and hard-to-reach spaces around your appliance.

-Brush your teeth after each meal. This can remove the food particles and bacteria from your smile, which can help you improve your oral health and help you avoid embarrassing food-filled smile moments. To make brushing possible, keep a toothbrush and toothpaste with you.

-Don’t use whitening toothpaste when you brush. This is recommended because the whitening solution will whiten the tooth enamel around the braces brackets, not under them. This will give you an unevenly colored smile when we take your braces off.

Do you have any questions or would you like to know more? If so, please contact Smile at the World Orthodontics today at 254-773-8028. When you contact our orthodontic team, we will be more than happy to help you in any way we can, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to your phone call!