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Gum disease is one of the ugliest, scariest, and most dangerous dental problems out there, and it needs to be avoided at all costs. Gum disease develops when the plaque on your teeth remains and it continues to grow over time. As the plaque grows, it affects your gums, underlying bone, and teeth. If the disease is left untreated, it is highly likely that you will lose your teeth. Now, preventing this disease can be done, but it might be a bit more difficult for those who have braces. So, if you have braces, we recommend doing the following things so you can prevent the disease:

Brush your teeth
Make sure you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Brushing helps remove the plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and it also kills the harmful bacteria and germs that can also create tooth decay. When you brush, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Do your best to brush thoroughly along the gum line but be gentle as you do so.

Floss your smile
Flossing is very beneficial because it not only reduces your chances of developing gum disease, but it also cleans the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth that your brush could not clean. When the floss removes the plaque and food particles from the crevices of your smile, your teeth and gums have a better chance at survival.

Rinse your mouth
Do not forget to rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily. For the best results, rinse with fluoride or antibacterial wash. Doing so will complete the cleaning job and it will also fight the plaque that wants to attack your chompers.

Visit your dentist
There is one treatment that will completely remove the plaque from your smile, and that treatment is a dental cleaning. It’s very important that you receive a dental cleaning every six months so your dental team can clean your smile and save your gums. They will also remove the plaque that has gathered near your orthodontic brackets.

Call Full Smile Orthodontics now at 760.804.0080 if you have any questions or if you would like to talk to Dr. Daniel Adams about gum disease and braces. We look forward to hearing from you!