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At Rainier Dental Center in Seattle, Washington, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta and our dedicated team are happy to provide oral care for our patients straightening their smile with braces. Taking care of your teeth and gums is important to a healthy smile, and if you are currently in braces, you will want to go the extra mile when caring for your smile. Braces, wires, springs and rubber bands are magnets for food particles and plaque buildup. Without constant removal, plaque buildup can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

While wearing braces you will want to step up your cleaning routine by brushing every time you eat, whether after a meal or a snack. Using an oral irrigator is also a helpful tool to use while wearing braces as it can reach those places a toothbrush can’t. When caring for your pearly whites, we recommends the following:

Brushing – brush with a soft toothbrush, brushing downwards from the top, and then up from the bottom. Do this with each tooth which has braces, using an interdental toothbrush. Remember to replace the toothbrush when the bristles begin to fray.

Flossing – place the short end of your floss through the space between the main arch wire and the upper section of your tooth nearest the gum. Gently work the floss on the sides of the two teeth the floss is between. There are also threader flosses that are designed to maneuver under and around your wires.

Mouthwash – round out your oral hygiene routine with an anti-cavity fluoride mouthwash that can rinse away loosened particles and oral debris and also kill any remaining bacteria left behind after brushing.

At Rainier Dental Center in Seattle, Washington, we pride ourselves in providing you with the highest quality. Your confident smiles deserves the best! If you would like more information, or to schedule your next visit with Dr. Nkwonta, please call us today at 206.329.1100!