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A highly destructive periodontal infection, gum disease develops when plaque is neglected on the teeth. Gum disease continues to progress and weaken your teeth, gums, and bone structure, effectively undoing any progress with your orthodontic treatment. If you have braces, we encourage you to be extra vigilant in taking steps to prevent gum disease from developing.

Brush Your Teeth

Brush your teeth every day, twice a day, for two minutes at a time. The use of a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste will help gently remove plaque on and around your orthodontic brackets.

Floss Your Teeth

Follow up with dental floss to clean the places your toothbrush didn’t reach. You need to care for your whole mouth in order to prevent gum disease.

Rinse With Mouthwash

Rinsing your mouth every day with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash removes lingering plaque and kills any remaining bacteria that could contribute to gum disease or cavities.

Visit the Dentist

Professional dental cleanings from your dentist’s team can help keep your gums in good health by fully cleaning away plaque from orthodontic brackets and teeth.

Our orthodontist, Dr. Kyle Baker, can help you lower your risk of gum disease during braces treatment in Bakersfield, California, when you call 661-322-2263 and schedule a visit to Baker Orthodontics.