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Braces are a common form of dental treatment used to correct crookedness in teeth. They are typically administered to children and adolescents for optimal effectiveness, since the youngsters' jaw bones are still growing at this time. Oral hygiene is particularly important for dental patients of all ages with braces, and is somewhat more complex of a process than dental care for those without braces, according to an article published on KITV.com.
The most basic, essential aspect of dental hygiene for those with braces is careful, regular brushing. Generally, dentists recommend that all individuals brush their teeth twice a day, but people with braces may benefit from brushing four times a day. A soft-bristle brush and fluoride toothpaste are typically recommended, the news provider reported.
Those with braces can complement brushing with daily flossing to combat excess plaque. Oral care probiotics may also be useful. These are substances that introduce helpful bacteria into the mouth to combat harmful bacterial growths. Regular cleanings by a professional can bolster all of these treatments, the news source explained.
The American Dental Association states that adolescents are best suited to receive braces. This stems from the tendency of malocclusion, the condition of crowded or crooked teeth, to typically surface between the ages of 6 and 12.
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