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Did you know gum disease is one of the most serious and dangerous dental issues? Well, it’s true. This is why it’s best to prevent it as much as possible. Unfortunately, those with braces are more prone to this disease because properly cleaning the teeth and gums can be rather difficult. So, our orthodontist, Dr. Claudia Torok, strongly encourages you to do these things to keep gum disease at bay when you have braces:

-Focus on properly brushing your teeth: Make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush after every meal and snack. It’s best to brush for two minutes each time and use short, gentle strokes. Don’t forget to tilt the brush to clean under and around the wires and brackets.

-Focus on properly flossing your teeth: Although flossing might seem difficult, it’s very important to floss at least once a day. If you can, floss more, like after you brush. To make flossing easier, use flossing tools like a floss threader and waxed floss.

-Visit your dentist every six months: Your six-month checkups are vital for preventing gum disease, especially because the cleaning treatment removes the plaque that your toothbrush and floss could not remove. So, make sure to attend your checkups twice a year so you can prevent this dental issue.

For more information and details about how to prevent gum disease when you have braces in Los Angeles, California, please reach out to Dr. Claudia Torok DDS MS at 310-670-5686 when you have the chance. Our orthodontic team will be thrilled to give you the answers and help you need, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!