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A healthy smile is a product of good oral health habits under any circumstances, but it is even more important while straightening your pearly whites. This means taking the time to practice good oral hygiene habits daily and keeping up with routine checkups and cleanings with our orthodontist in Austin, Texas.

To prevent tooth decay and gum disease, Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS encourages our patients to maintain diligent daily oral habits. If you are wearing aligners, cleaning is as simple as brushing and flossing your pearly whites faithfully as you normally do. But when wearing wires and brackets you want to be extra careful about removing food particles and plaque to avoid damaging tooth enamel.

Let’s take a look at how you can maintain your healthy smile with these five tips Dr. Joseph P. Goodson and our team would like to share!

No. 1-Elastics: Remove any elastics before you begin cleaning your pearly whites.

No. 2-Tools: Using a soft-bristled toothbrush hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and clean the gum line using circular strokes. Fluoride toothpaste is an excellent choice to help your teeth resist acids from food and drinks and strengthen enamel.

No. 3-Brushing: Brush each tooth along with your braces. Clean the gaps between the wire and teeth and under the wires. A powered toothbrush is very effective at cleaning with braces. It effortlessly cleans the inside and outside surface areas of each tooth, using circular strokes.

No. 4-Flossing: Flossing is an indispensable element to a healthy smile. Water flossers, also known as oral irrigators, are an effective tool for thoroughly flossing your pearly whites. Once your teeth are cleaned, simply replace your elastic and you are good to go.

No. 5-Health: Healthy eating habits are also an important part to any healthy smile. Aim to limit or avoid acidic foods and beverages, hard foods, and sticky foods that can harm your brackets and wires. This means no chewing gum or chomping on ice.

As you can see, caring for teeth and gums is a priority for any healthy smile, and even more so while you are aligning your smile. If you have any questions or concerns for Dr. Joseph P. Goodson in Austin, Texas, we invite you to give us a call at 512-258-6683 today. We are here for you on your journey to a healthy, happy smile!