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Gum disease is a dangerous dental problem that develops if you don’t remove the plaque on your teeth on a regular basis. This disease irritates your gums, deteriorates your bones, and loosens your teeth. This is a disease you always need to watch out for, especially if you have braces. So, if you have braces, we recommend doing the following things so you can fight gum disease:

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 vital if you want to prevent gum disease. It frees the food particles and plaque that reside between your teeth. It also cleans the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth the brush is not able to clean. As you floss, remember to be careful not to harm the gums. If you need help knowing how to properly floss your smile, please feel free to ask us questions.

Rinse your mouth
Mouthwash is a tool that many people forget. However, it is very beneficial and much needed. If you rinse your mouth at least once a day with fluoride or anti-bacterial mouthwash, you will be on the right track. Doing so will help you complete the smile-cleaning job and will help kill any remaining plaque that grows on your teeth.

Visit your dentist
Visiting your dentist every six months is the best thing you can do for your smile. Your dental cleaning appointments will allow your dental team to scrape the surfaces of your smile and completely remove the plaque that lives there. This is the only treatment that can completely remove the plaque from your teeth, so make sure you keep up with your appointments.

If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about preventing gum disease, call Patchogue Dental Service PC today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Iqbal Sayed. Our orthodontic team will be happy to help you if you just call 631-758-6689 now!