Am I flossing or brushing first? For cleaner results it’s best to floss first to remove all the unwanted particles from the teeth and gum lines. Then brush as normal; 45-degree angle along your gum line with gentle back and forth motions.
Properly cleaning your tongue can prevent bad breath that causes from a buildup of bacteria. Using a tongue scraper, or gently using your brush, scrub your tongue to remove odor-causing bacteria.
Many foods can cause teeth stains such as coffee, dark juices or berries and even smoking. To prevent discoloration, limit these foods or brush after their consumption.
Can’t commit to a diet without coffee, wine or other staining foods and drinks? A safe whitening alternative you can try at home is baking soda. Use twice a month, brushing as you normally would, to help improve the look of discoloration.
The bristles in your toothbrush can become frayed, worn and may flatten over time. They may even accumulate and germs and bacteria while you were sick. Replace your brush each 3-4 months, or after an illness.
Notice some changes in your oral health that you feel wary about? We all feel guilty about cheating on our braces with foods like gum and popcorn, but keeping open communication with your Chandler orthodontist is important. If you’ve noticed pains, bad breath, or other disconcerting oral problems, address these concerns during your next office visit.