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Our Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS team is delighted to be helping you align your smile in Austin, Texas. Our orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson would like to take a moment today to ensure that you are taking good care of your teeth and gums while you are wearing braces. Our goal is to help you maintain your oral health along the way.

To keep tooth decay and gum disease away from your smile, you must get rid of bacteria and plaque every day. Your oral hygiene care does this effectively, as long as you take the time to do it. Combined with routine dental cleanings and exams, your smile after braces should be free from cavities.

To achieve this, clean your teeth and orthodontics every day, preferably after you eat. You don’t want food particles and plaque building up. A soft-bristled toothbrush can safely loosen debris around your wires and brackets while also protecting tooth enamel and gum tissue. If you like, you can brush with a V-shaped orthodontic toothbrush designed to clean around braces. To clean between the brackets, and your teeth, however, you will want to use an interdental toothbrush.

While a toothbrush can’t clear away plaque around the gum line, between teeth, or get under braces wires, flossing can. Find a flossing method that works best for you and do it. Flossing tools that are good at cleaning around braces include orthodontic floss, pre-threaded flossers, or oral irrigators.

Keeping all your scheduled follow-up visits with your orthodontic team is essential. You want to make sure you are on track to reach your goals, address any issues early, and make sure your braces are working as they should be.

If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to reach out at 512-258-6683. We are here to make your time in braces as smooth as possible!