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The orthodontic braces installed in your mouth at Drs. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett’s orthodontic clinic have been designed to correct the alignment of your teeth through the course of successive adjustments. Each time your braces are tightened it applies minute force to the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your gums.

Cavities and gum health problems can sometimes complicate the process and lead to unnecessary discomfort after your adjustments.

Fortunately, a consistent daily oral hygiene routine based on brushing your teeth twice and flossing at least once each day can help remove bacterial deposits from your mouth become they can promote oral health problems.

If you are having trouble brushing around braces hardware or cleaning a contoured area, you might want to try using a small interdental brush.

Sometimes braces hardware can make it difficult to floss certain areas including the gumline. To help work the strand of dental floss around wires and components you might want to try using a floss threader. It can help you remove plaque and residual food particles from all the surfaces between your teeth as well as your gumline.

Your routine dental checkup is also important for monitoring the health of your teeth and gums to catch any problems that might develop or to determine the most applicable preventative measures.

If you had braces installed in your mouth at Drs. Skeet Burris, Travis Fiegle & Katie Pluckett’s orthodontic office in Beaufort or Bluffton, South Carolina, and you have an oral hygiene question, you can always call (843) 525-6228 to speak to a staff member at Winning Orthodontic Smiles.