Whether or not you have orthodontic braces, it's important that you keep your teeth clean. It's an easy thing to do, right? You just need to brush for a few seconds and spit out the toothpaste. If you think that's sufficient, you may want to reconsider. 

"The tendency is for people to be far too quick when they brush their teeth, to actually not take the two-and-a-half to three minutes that are necessary to get your teeth clean," said Dr. Peter Doig, president of the Canadian Dental Association, to the Huffington Post. 

Dr. Doig emphasized that giving each tooth special attention is necessary to remove plaque properly. Here are a few tips that he offered to help you maintain your oral health: 

  • Brush at least twice a day, but ideally after every meal
  • Brush or scrape your tongue
  • Change your toothbrush regularly – every three months at the most
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Spend at least two minutes brushing, and use a timer if necessary
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride. 

Although Dr. Doig didn't recommend any type of toothbrush over another, he suggested that people stay away from products with the stiffest bristles. 

Individuals with braces have a few special needs when it comes to keeping their teeth and gums healthy. One common concern is flossing, as metal brackets and wires can make this task a bit tricky. To get the best advice, you may want to speak with a New York orthodontist for proper instruction. 

If you're interested in improving your smile, there's no reason why you shouldn't schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. Initial consultations are free, so you really have nothing to lose!

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