One of the most important aspects of your child wearing braces is their upkeep. Although braces may seem like a literal barrier to great oral hygiene, there are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure their teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be.
Keep the following four tips in mind for the best oral hygiene practices possible while they wear braces:
- Brush properly: Make sure they brush their teeth for at least two minutes, though three is recommended as better. Brushing twice per day with a soft, rounded bristle brush is best. Rinsing with mouth wash is also recommended, but does depend on each child and their age.
- Establish a routine early on: Having a oral hygiene routine in place as soon as your child is fitted with braces is the best way to get them started on the right foot.
- Floss: Even though it may be harder to get to problem areas because of brackets and wires, be sure that they floss properly to get rid of food particles, which can easily build up and cause further problems.
- Replace their brush: Typically, those that wear braces must replace their brush more often than those that don't. The brackets and ceramic pieces on your child's braces will wear the brush down more easily than just teeth.
Although it may seem silly, brushing to a song or a short video clip may help the most when it comes to upkeep and care. Often, children don't brush long enough, resulting in serious health issues and even stained teeth when braces are removed.
You can discuss these practices and more during your child's next orthodontic appointment. To schedule one with our New York City pediatric orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman, visit our website.