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Gum disease is a real dental problem that ruins the smiles of many. It is dangerous and painful and it can result in the loss of your teeth if it remains untreated. This disease generally forms when the plaque on your teeth continues to grow and develop, taking over your smile. If you have braces, your chances of developing this disease is very high if you don’t take proper care of your smile. So, to help you prevent this disease, we recommend doing the following things:

Brush your teeth
It is very important that you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and with fluoride toothpaste. If you have a hard time brushing with braces, we will be happy to show you some tricks. Just make sure you are gentle as you brush along the gum line but do your best to remove as much plaque from that area as possible.

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
After you have brushed your teeth and flossed your smile, rinse your mouth with fluoride or anti-bacterial mouthwash. You only need to do this once a day, but make sure you follow all of the instructions as you do so. Rinsing will complete the cleaning job and it will fight plaque as much as possible.

Visit your dentist
Visiting your dentist for a dental cleaning every six months is the best thing you can do for your oral health. These appointments offer the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque from your teeth, which is why they are so important. During these visits, your dental team will scrape the surfaces of your teeth and will eliminate every trace of plaque from your smile.

Call Derby Family Dentistry today if you have any questions! Dr. Frederick Stark and Brad Norden and our entire orthodontic team will be happy to help you if you just dial 316-788-4000 now. We look forward to your call!