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Gum disease develops as a harmful periodontal infection resulting from a buildup of plaque. If not treated, it will begin to affect your teeth, gums, and underlying jawbone, halting your progress with orthodontic treatment. Even with braces, you can take steps to prevent gum disease and protect your oral health.

Brush Your Teeth
Twice a day for two minutes at a time, use a fluoride toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean away any plaque from your teeth, gums, and orthodontic brackets.

Floss Your Teeth
Dental floss can catch plaque that hides in hard-to-reach places where other dental products like your toothbrush don’t fit. Preventing gum disease involves keeping all areas of your mouth clean.

Rinse With Mouthwash
A fluoride or antibacterial mouthwash can rinse away any remaining plaque and eliminate the bacteria that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. We encourage you to use mouthwash on a daily basis.

Visit the Dentist
Every six months, you should see your dentist for a professional dental cleaning to ensure your teeth and gums are in good health and to fully clear away any plaque on your orthodontic brackets.

If you would like to speak with our orthodontist, Dr. Frank Iuorno, about the risk of gum disease during orthodontic treatment in Glen Allen, Virginia, please feel free to call West End Orthodontics at 804-364-8366 today.