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At Sunshine Dental Group, Dr. Kusumo and Dr. De La Osa in Commerce, California, are pleased to offer orthodontic care for our patients seeking to align their smile. If you are currently wearing braces, it is vital to go the extra mile in caring for your pearly whites to prevent plaque which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque loves to collect on your teeth and gums, and braces, wires, springs and rubber bands are magnets for food particles and plaque.

Cleaning your teeth twice a day is important, but when you are wearing braces, you will want to step up your cleaning routine by brushing every time you eat, whether it be a meal or snack. You may also want to include a fluoride mouthwash as it can reach places in the mouth that your toothbrush can’t. Many patients have found that cleaning with an oral irrigator, or water flosser, is also a great tool to use while wearing braces as it can reach those places a toothbrush can’t reach alone. When caring for your smile, we recommend 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 – finish up with an anti-cavity fluoride mouthwash that can rinse away loosened particles and oral debris and also kill any lingering bacteria.

At Sunshine Dental Group, our team in Commerce, California, we are happy to help you keep your smile healthy, happy, and bright for years to come. If you would like more information, or to schedule your next visit, we invite you to call our team at 323.266.2120 today!