Brushing and Flossing

“My teenager and I have been coming to Children's Dentistry of Holyoke for about 4-5 years. Every visit, we are handled with care and professionalism, from those who greet us, to the hygienists, to the dentists. We are very pleased to get our teeth cleaned here! I've gotten some of the best "pep talks" about flossing and proper brushing here that I've ever have, and I think my home care has improved. When you understand, you do better. : )”

 

Brushing Your Teeth with Braces

At first, brushing and flossing with braces may be intimidating, but it’s very important to brush and floss after every meal to keep your teeth and gums healthy throughout your treatment.

We’ve compiled some useful guidelines to help you!

Printable instructions >

 

Brushing Instructions
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    Brushing: Step 1

    Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gum.

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    Brushing: Step 2

    Brush gently in a circular motion.

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    Brushing: Step 3

    Brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of each tooth.

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    Brushing: Step 4

    Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.

 

Flossing Instructions
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    Flossing: Step 1

    Using a piece of floss about 18 inches long, carefully thread the end between braces and wire. You may find a floss threader helpful.

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    Flossing: Step 2

    Carefully floss around the braces.

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    Flossing: Step 3

    Carefully floss around the gum areas.

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    Flossing: Step 4

    Carefully floss around each tooth.

 

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