Windham Orthodontics – Danielle C. Ross, DMD, PC

Orthodontic Brushing and Flossing

Oral Hygiene Overview

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For healthy teeth and gums Dr. Ross recommends combining the use of a Sonicare toothbrush with a Sonicare Airfloss and following the manufacturer’s instructions.  For your convenience, these products can be purchased in our office.  If using a traditional toothbrush and floss, for good oral hygiene, follow the steps below.

Brush after every meal.

Brushing with Braces
Use a toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste.

Brushing with Braces
Use circular, vibrating motions around the gumline for about 10 seconds on each tooth.

Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
Brush every tooth slowly.

Orthodontic Tooth Brushing
Brush the lower teeth up and the upper teeth down. Also brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

Flossing with Braces
Carefully pull waxed floss between wire and braces.

Flossing with Braces
Floss carefully around the braces.

Orthodontic Flossing
Floss carefully around the gum area.

Orthodontic Flossing
Floss around each tooth.


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Oral Hygiene

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Brushing and Flossing