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7 Mistakes Kids Make When Cleaning Their Braces

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Proper hygiene is paramount when it comes to maintaining braces, but kids often make mistakes that can lead to less-than-ideal oral health or even prolong the orthodontic process. At Kincer Orthodontics in Marietta, we can share the top mistakes kids make when cleaning their braces and how to avoid them.

1. Not Brushing Long Enough or Correctly

One of the most common mistakes is not spending enough time brushing or not using the correct technique. Braces require careful and thorough cleaning to remove all food particles and plaque. Kids should brush for at least two minutes, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, paying special attention to each wire and bracket.

2. Forgetting to Floss

Flossing with braces can be challenging, but it’s crucial for removing debris between the teeth and under the wires. Many kids skip this step because it’s time-consuming or difficult. Using floss threaders or orthodontic floss can make the process easier and more effective.

3. Ignoring the Gum Line

The area along the gum line is particularly susceptible to plaque buildup and inflammation. Kids often neglect this area because the braces may obstruct their normal brushing path. Encourage them to angle the brush to clean the gum line thoroughly.

4. Overlooking Interdental Cleaning

Interdental brushes are essential for cleaning around braces, under wires, and between brackets. However, kids might not use them as they should. These tiny brushes help remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-reach areas and should be used daily.

5. Consuming Problematic Foods

Sticky, hard, or chewy foods can damage braces and lead to poor hygiene. Kids might forget or ignore the food restrictions associated with braces, leading to broken wires or brackets and trapped food particles. Reminding them of the importance of avoiding certain foods can help prevent these issues.

6. Not Rinsing with Water or Mouthwash

Rinsing with water after meals can help dislodge food particles that might be stuck in the braces. Using a fluoride mouthwash can also help reduce the risk of cavities and keep the mouth fresh. Encourage kids to rinse their mouth after eating if brushing isn’t immediately possible.

7. Skipping Orthodontic Checkups

Regular visits to Kincer Orthodontics are essential for adjusting braces and monitoring progress. Missing appointments can delay treatment and make cleaning efforts less effective. Ensure that kids understand the importance of maintaining their orthodontic checkups.

By avoiding these common mistakes, kids can maintain better oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Kincer Orthodontics in Marietta is dedicated to guiding patients through their orthodontic journey, providing tips and tools necessary for effective brace care. Proper cleaning habits not only contribute to the success of the treatment but also to the overall health of the mouth and teeth.

Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer Practice Limited to Orthodontics

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Marietta, Georgia 30064

Phone: (770) 424-5280

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