Robert B. Ruyak, DMD

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tips for Brushing with Braces

Brushing your teeth is essential for a healthy mouth; however, brushing with braces is even more important. Braces can hold in plaque easier and can cause strange staining when not taken care of properly. Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD of Bethlehem, PA wants to remind our patients of how to properly brush their teeth while wearing braces to continue optimal oral health.

To start, brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth as you normally would. Remember, brushing your teeth should take about two minutes normally. Then, brush the insides and the fronts of your teeth, paying attention to your gum line. When you go to brush around your braces, angle the toothbrush and brush along the tops of the brackets. Then, do the same for the bottom brackets. Take an interdental toothbrush to brush the sides of each bracket. These are tiny, tree-shaped brushes that allow you to get underneath the wires.

When it is time to floss, there are a couple of dental supplies that may make it easier. Superfloss has a built-in threader on it so you can easily get the floss over and under the wire. Separate floss threaders are also available.

Taking good care of your teeth while you have braces will ensure a healthy mouth and a stain-free smile when the braces come off. To schedule your routine cleaning and examination with Dr. Robert B. Ruyak, DMD in our Bethlehem, PA office, call us at (610) 861-0777 or visit our website,

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