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Plaque is a dangerous substance that sticks to the teeth and braces. If you don’t prevent plaque buildup regularly, there is a chance you could experience cavities, gum disease, and white-spotted teeth. As you may already know, it’s important to do all you can to keep plaque at bay, and our orthodontist, Dr. Ora Rosenfeld Canter, is happy to help you by giving you the tips you need.

First, brush your teeth several times a day. It’s recommended to brush after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and before you go to sleep. When you brush, make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Now, because you’re brushing this often, it’s important to replace your brush regularly.

Second, floss your teeth at least once a day. If you can, please floss more. Flossing can remove the plaque from between your teeth and around your braces. If flossing is too difficult, try using products like Superfloss that have stiff ends that make the floss easier to maneuver.

Third, rinse your mouth regularly. If you desire, you can rinse up to four times a day. Doing so can kill the bacteria in your mouth and give you a fresh breath. Now, remember, rinsing should never replace your brushing and flossing routines.

Do you have any questions about how to prevent plaque buildup when you have braces in Astoria, New York or the surrounding areas of Queens, Long Island City, Woodside, Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, and Middle Village? If so, please contact Ora R. Canter, DDS Orthodontics at 718-278-2441 and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. We look forward to hearing from and helping you!