The aao recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7

Pediatric Dentists Recommend Two Cleanings/Exams A Year

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Good oral hygiene with braces gives you a healthy smile.

Questions & Answers

Oral Hygiene With Braces

What is the best way to brush while wearing braces?

Brush your teeth at least three times each day — we recommend brushing after each meal as well as after snacks. Use an interproximal brush to help clean around brackets and wires. Rinse your teeth well after brushing.

What is the best way to floss while wearing braces?

Floss at least once a day. While wearing braces, you may find it easier to floss behind the wire of your braces by using a floss threader.

Why does my oral hygiene matter?

Your oral hygiene is always a key part of keeping your mouth and smile healthy but is especially important while wearing braces. Maintaining good oral hygiene helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other problems from developing. These problems can cause serious oral health issues and may extend your orthodontic experience if left untreated.

Oral Hygiene With Braces


Our experienced orthodontist will provide instructions on the best ways for your child to care for their smile at home. Maintaining good oral hygiene is always important but is absolutely crucial while receiving orthodontic treatment. To schedule an appointment at Pediatric Dentistry and Braces and learn more, give us a call today!