• BRUSH IN CIRCLES (not just back and forth!) for 2 minutes with a soft tooth brush, ideally after ever meal. Turn your wrist so that the tooth brush bristles can reach under your gums and remove the plaque stuck in all the nooks and crannies around brackets or attachments
  • USE A MOUTH RINSE WITH FLUORIDE as an active ingredient once a day. Swish it around in your mouth for 30-60 seconds.  Spit it out and then DO NOT rinse with water, eat, or drink anything for 30 minutes.  Fluoride rinses work by releasing fluoride ions onto your tooth enamel.  The ions integrate into the crystal structure of your enamel, making it stronger and thus more resistant to decay from acid, a byproduct of the bacteria that naturally live in your mouth and eat the food you eat.
  • FLOSS!! FLOSS!!  FLOSS!! Yes, it bears repeating.  Do your gums bleed when you floss?  Then floss MORE, not less!  Flossing is not just an in-and-out affair.  To properly floss, or mechanically remove food debris and bacteria from in between your teeth, you have to make sure the floss goes to the depth of the gum on each side of the tooth.  If the floss can reach an area, bacteria and food can too.  Hug each tooth with the floss in the shape of a C and imagine in your mind’s eye that you are brushing the in-between tooth surfaces with the dental floss, since your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • PUFFY RED GUMS? See the FLOSS! bullet point above.  In addition, consider alternating your fluoride rinse routine with use of an oral rinse with anti-bacterial agents that kill the germs that cause gingivitis and grow plaque biofilms.  Healthy gums are PINK, not RED and ANGRY