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Gum disease is a serious dental infection that can disrupt your orthodontic treatment if not avoided. This infection is a result of unaddressed plaque and needs to be treated or else it gets worse and weakens the gums, teeth, and underlying jawbone. Wearing braces can complicate the prevention of gum disease, but we can help you protect your smile during orthodontic treatment.

Brush Your Teeth
It’s important to brush twice a day for abouts two minutes to clean your smile of any plaque and remove bacteria that can otherwise cause tooth decay. Choose a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush to gently but thoroughly clean your gum line.

Floss Your Teeth
Flossing is the only habit that removes bacteria from hard-to-reach areas where your toothbrush can’t fit. It’s important to clear plaque and food particles from these spaces to keep gum disease at bay.

Rinse With Mouthwash
Rinse with mouthwash such as a fluoride or antibacterial brand every day to complete your cleaning job and prevent the development of plaque.

Visit the Dentist
See your dentist every six months for professional dental cleanings that fully remove plaque from your teeth and gums, as well as around your orthodontic brackets.

You are welcome to give Orthodontic Associates of Little Neck a call at 718.224.0040 today if you would like to learn more about preventing gum disease during braces treatment in Little Neck, New York, or need to speak with our orthodontist, Dr. Perry M. Iacovetti.