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Things To Look Out For In A Toothbrush If You Wear Braces

Posted on 8/22/2022 by Star Orthodontics
Things To Look Out For In A Toothbrush If You Wear BracesNow that you've just received your braces, how do you go about keeping your oral hygiene at par? Taking care of your teeth is important, and it's even more important if you have braces. Obviously, it is easier to clean your teeth when you have a brush that gets the job done well. Your old toothbrush may not be able to cut it anymore. Consequently, what should you look for when seeking a toothbrush to use while you wear braces?

The Head

Your toothbrush's size and head can impact how you effectively work on your teeth when you have braces. Toothbrushes with smaller heads tend to work better because they can easily access hard-to-get areas. Round heads, particularly, are easier to work with. When seeking a toothbrush, get one with a small, round head to make cleaning around your braces easier. It will also clean along your gum line better.

The Bristles

Anytime you are picking out a toothbrush, consider the hardness of the bristles. If you wear braces, look out for softer bristles. Too hard bristles are likely to irritate the mouth and possibly cause you to inadvertently damage your braces. Get a toothbrush that has soft, rounded bristles, especially those made from nylon. Choose a length that can reach all the areas where plaque and food particles get stuck.

The Handle

If you have braces, cleaning every part of the mouth may be a little tricky. Try to get a toothbrush that has a handle of the right size depending on your hand. Make sure the toothbrush handle fits comfortably in your hand. Some toothbrushes have ergonomic handles while others have silicone to help facilitate grip.

You want to brush at least for two minutes if you have braces, but if the toothbrush cannot get the job done, you will not be able to keep up with your oral hygiene. See that your toothbrush can reach all small crevices of the teeth and the little places around those braces where food debris tends to dislodge. Talk to us to learn more about brushing while wearing braces.

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