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If you currently have braces, your smile is even more vulnerable to gum disease than smiles that aren’t proceeding through any orthodontic treatment. Gum disease is a dangerous dental problem that can destroy your smile if you let it. It first irritates the gums, then destroys the underlying bone, and lastly loosens your teeth and makes them fall out of your mouth. To prevent gum disease while aligning your smile, we recommend doing the following things:

Brush your teeth
It is very important that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. While you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure you are gentle as you brush along the gum line but make sure you thoroughly clean along your teeth to your gums. Brushing will help remove the plaque from your teeth.

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 is not able to clean. As you floss, remember to be careful not to harm the gums. If you need help knowing how to properly floss your smile, please feel free to ask us questions.

Rinse your mouth
Do not forget to rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. Doing so will complete the cleaning job and it will also fight the plaque that wants to attack your chompers.

Visit your dentist
Dental cleanings are the only treatment that can completely remove plaque from your teeth, so it’s extremely important to keep up with your dental cleanings every six months. During these appointments, your dental team will deeply clean your smile and will scrape the surfaces of your teeth to remove the plaque that lives there.

Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and visiting your dentist are all things that will help you maintain the health of your smile all while you align your teeth. If you have any questions or if you would like to talk to Dr. Wendy S. Haefner about any concerns, please call 843-884-1215 now and schedule an appointment. Our team is happy to assist you in any way possible!