Your daily brushing (and flossing) routine helps remove harmful plaque from your pearly whites and stave off gum disease. If you have braces, it is a little more challenging to remove this daily buildup of oral plaque. To help you keep your smile in tip-top shape while you align your teeth, our Dr. James E. Gaff dental team encourages you to do the following things on a regular basis:
Brush your teeth
It is very important that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. If you have a hard time brushing with braces, we will be happy to show you some tricks. Just make sure you are gentle as you brush along the gumline but do your best to remove as much plaque from that area as possible.
Floss your smile
Flossing is vital if you want to prevent gum disease. It frees the food particles and plaque that reside between your teeth. It also cleans the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth the brush can’t clean. As you floss, remember to be careful not to harm the gums. If you need help properly flossing your smile, please feel free to ask us questions.
Visit your dentist
Visiting your dentist every six months is the best thing you can do for your smile. Your dental cleaning appointments will allow your dental team to scrape the surfaces of your smile and completely remove the plaque that lives there. This is the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque from your teeth, so make sure you keep up with your appointments.
If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about preventing gum disease in Jacksonville, Florida, call Dr. James E. Gaff today and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. James E. Gaff. Our team is happy to help you if you with all of your oral health needs!