Maintain Proper Oral Health with Brushing & Flossing


Keep your smile beautiful and clean with regular brushing and flossing. At the office of Dr. Brian A. Rinehart we always encourage patients to maintain a proper routine as food particles can accumulate in your braces, and over time, may turn into plaque. The resulting bacteria may lead to tooth decay, gum disease and, if not treated in time, the loss of a tooth. During orthodontic treatment, it’s important to take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure the best result.

Tips for Brushing

  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small strip of fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush your teeth in small circular motions as this helps reach food particles under the gum line
  • Hold your toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully
  • Be sure to cover all areas between teeth, between braces and on the surface of each tooth
  • You should allow several minutes to brush your teeth
  • Brush up on your lower teeth, down on your upper teeth and be sure to get the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your front and back teeth
  • Brush your tongue and roof of your mouth

During orthodontic care, Dr. Rinehart recommends brushing 4 times a day at the following times:

  • After breakfast
  • After lunch (or after school)
  • After supper
  • Before bed

Be sure to replace your toothbrush at any signs of wearing down or fraying. With braces, it may be difficult to get all areas under your arch wires. Rinse thoroughly with water, floss and use an antibacterial mouthwash and fluoride treatment throughout your orthodontic care and beyond.


Flossing will help you take care of those hard-to-reach food particles and plaque. It takes more time when you have braces but it’s important to floss every day.

Tips for Flossing

  • Use the reusable floss threader provided by the office of Dr. Rinehart
  • Using a small length of floss, slide it up and down along the front of each tooth
  • You can feel when the tooth is clean and will hear the squeaking of floss against your teeth
  • Do not floss too forcefully around your arch wires or put too much pressure on them
  • Floss between your arch wire and braces and then between your other teeth and gums
  • If you don’t have a floss threader:
    • Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser and wrap the ends around your middle fingers
    • Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line and pull out food particles and plaque
    • Unwrap clean floss as you go and be sure to floss behind your back teeth

Dr. Rinehart recommends flossing before you go to bed. Please note it’s normal to experience bleeding when flossing around your braces for the first time. If the bleeding persists after the first few times, please contact our office.

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