Stephen G. Nikodem, D.D.S., M.S.
Family Orthodontic Care
Caring for your teeth while in braces
Brushing and flossing with braces
When in braces, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. Failure to do so can cause demineralization of your teeth (white spots), cavities, discoloration, and inflammation of your gum tissue. In severe cases, treatment may even have to be placed on hold until good oral hygiene and health is re-established.
We recommend brushing and flossing after every meal, and before bedtime. If you are unable to brush and floss right away, at least vigorously rinse your mouth with water to remove as much food debris as possible from around the braces and teeth. At a minimum, you should be brushing twice per day and flossing once per day.