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Mastering Brushing and Flossing Techniques: Brushing Demo at Providence School of Jacksonville

Annual 3rd Grade Providence Brushing Demo at Providence School of Jacksonville

We spent a day with Providence's Third Graders to review the best practices for brushing and flossing when you have braces. It was a day of giggles, smiles, and knowledge!

How to Brush and Floss with Braces

At Bold Bite Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, we understand the importance of proper oral hygiene for maintaining a healthy smile, especially during orthodontic treatment. Brushing and flossing techniques are essential skills that everyone should master to keep their teeth and gums in optimal condition. In this blog post, we'll delve into the best practices for brushing and flossing, ensuring that you achieve a dazzling smile with confidence.

Brushing with Braces

Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of good oral hygiene. Here are some expert tips from our orthodontists at Bold Bite Orthodontics:

1. Choose the Right Tools: Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. That means each quadrant of your mouth gets 30 seconds. The Oral-B iO Electric Toothbrush features AI Recognition and 3D Tracking to help ensure you’re covering all the areas of your mouth, including tooth surfaces.

2. Proper Technique: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush gently in a circular motion. Ensure you cover all surfaces of your teeth, including the front, back, and chewing surfaces. Don't forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.

3. Timing is Key: Dental professionals recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice daily. Set a timer or use a toothbrush with a built-in timer to ensure you brush for the recommended duration.

Flossing with Braces

Flossing is essential for removing plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gumline. Follow these flossing techniques for optimal oral health:

1. Choose the Right Floss: There are various types of dental floss available, including waxed, unwaxed, and floss picks. Choose the one that works best for you and your orthodontic appliances.

2. Proper Technique: Gently slide the floss between your teeth and along the curve of each tooth, making a C-shape to hug the tooth surface. Be careful not to snap the floss, especially around braces and wires, to avoid damaging them.

3. Be Thorough: Take your time to floss between every tooth, including those with braces. Use a new section of floss for each tooth to prevent spreading bacteria.

Expert Care at Bold Bite Orthodontics

At Bold Bite Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach, FL, our experienced orthodontists are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Whether you're seeking orthodontic treatment or simply looking for advice on oral hygiene techniques, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Remember, proper brushing and flossing techniques are the foundation of good oral health. By following these expert tips and visiting Bold Bite Orthodontics regularly for check-ups and cleanings, you can maintain a radiant smile for years to come. For more information on living with braces click here.

For personalized orthodontic care and expert advice on oral hygiene, schedule a consultation with Bold Bite Orthodontics today. Your smile deserves nothing less than the best!

For Schools that would like to inquire for a brushing demo, please reach out to our Office Manger, Lacy.
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