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Plaque is a white, sticky substance that can cause trouble. It can encourage cavity growth, gum disease development, and white-spotted teeth. It’s important to keep plaque at bay when you have braces so you can prevent these dental issues. To help you do so, our dentist, Dr. L. C. Chilimigras, is happy to share some tips with you.

First, brush your teeth throughout the day. It’s recommended to brush after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and before you go to sleep at night. When you brush, make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Because you’re brushing this often, it’s essential to replace your brush when the bristles get worn down.

Second, floss your teeth and braces at least once a day. This can help you clean the little nooks and crannies of your mouth. If you can, floss more often. If flossing is a tough task, ask our dental team about flossing tools that can make it easier.

Third, swish your mouth daily. You can rinse up to four times a day if you desire. Rinsing helps you kill the plaque and bacteria in your mouth as well as give you a fresher breath.

Call Lakeview Dental Care today at 269-964-7660 if you have any questions about how to prevent plaque buildup when you have braces in Battle Creek, Michigan. Our dental team is here to help you, and we look forward to hearing from you!