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If you are one who wishes to prevent gum disease while you align your smile with braces, we have four tips that can help you. Gum disease is a dangerous dental problem that can result in loose and lost teeth if it is left untreated. It generally develops when the plaque on your smile remains on the surfaces of your teeth and continues to grow. To help you prevent this disease, we recommend doing the following things:

Brush your teeth
Make sure you brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each time. If you can, brush after each meal so the food particles and plaque don’t remain on your teeth for a long period of time. As you brush, be gentle along the gum line but make sure to brush as thoroughly as possible.

Floss your smile
Flossing is a vital task that cannot be forgotten. Make sure you floss your smile at least once a day. Flossing will help remove the food particles and plaque that reside between your teeth and it will also help clean the particles the toothbrush left behind. Now, we understand that flossing with braces might be a little bit difficult, so if you need help learning how to floss, please talk to our orthodontic team.

Rinse your mouth
Mouthwash is very beneficial and much needed. If you rinse your mouth at least once a day with fluoride or anti-bacterial mouthwash, you will be on the right track. Doing so will help you complete the smile-cleaning job and will help kill any remaining plaque that grows on your teeth.

Visit your dentist
There is one treatment that will completely remove the plaque from your smile, and that treatment is a dental cleaning. It’s very important that you receive a dental cleaning every six months so your dental team can clean your smile and save your gums. They will also remove the plaque that has gathered near your orthodontic brackets.

Gum disease can develop and take over your smile quickly, so it is very important that you brush, floss, and rinse your teeth every day and visit your dentist every six months. We recommend doing these things because we care for you and your smile and we want you to have the best oral health possible. For more information and tips, call Blog at 978-250-1961 and schedule an appointment with Dr. James Metcalf & Amit Lala. We look forward to helping you!