Getting Your Child Used to the Dentist

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Using A Wire Brush On Your Metal Braces

If you've recently gotten metal braces put on, then surely your orthodontist emphasized the importance of taking care of your new braces; this means taking the time to brush them thoroughly at least a couple times a day. Your orthodontist may have also recommended (or even provided you with) a wire brush for cleaning the otherwise hard-to-reach spaces around your brackets and wires. Still, there are mistakes you'll want to avoid when it comes to cleaning your teeth and braces with a wire brush.

Brushing Too Hard Around Wires

One of the biggest mistakes people make when using a wire brush is being too careless when brushing around the wires of their braces. These wires, unlike the brackets to which they're attached, are easy to move around. Your wires are already exactly where they should be, thanks to your orthodontist's careful hands, so if you're too careless or vigorous with your brushing, you could end up altering the placement of your wires. In a worst case scenario, you could even end up popping a wire out of the bracket, which will require a visit to your orthodontist to fix (and some discomfort in the meantime).

Neglecting Above/Below Brackets

Wire brushes are excellent for cleaning those spaces in between your brackets that are otherwise very difficult to reach with a traditional toothbrush. At the same time, however, you'll want to be careful not to forget about the spaces both above and below each bracket. All too often, these spaces are overlooked when brushing, which can increase your chances of tooth decay and cause discoloration that will be very noticeable when your braces are removed.

Not Taking Care of the Brush

Finally, while wire brushes are pretty cheap to replace, you'll want to take care of the ones you have. This means quickly rinsing them off with water after brushing, but not soaking them in water. Doing so will cause the bristles to lose their rigidity and will eventually render your wire brush useless. Furthermore, be sure to swap out your brushes as needed; just like your toothbrush, they can accumulate bacteria and need to be replaced every so often to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

There's a lot to keep in mind when it comes to caring for your teeth and braces. Having a wire brush can certainly make things easier, but it's still important that you avoid these common mistakes when using one. To find out more about braces, contact someone like Shapera Neil H Dr.

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Getting Your Child Used to the Dentist

After working as an office assistant for a dentist for the last ten years, I have heard my fair share of horror stories from parents who had a hard time getting their kids into the office for check ups. The truth is that the dentist does not have to be a scary place for your child. By providing children with the right information and offering some preparation steps for them to take, most kids don't have a problem going in to see their dentist on a regular basis. But the trick is to get them desensitized to the "scary" silver tools and the big chair that awaits them in the office. You can find many tips and tricks on this website to help you ease your own child into the comfortable practice of visiting their dentist.


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