Maintaining the health of your teeth and gums is extremely important. This is especially true during times of having braces, as it is more difficult to clean your teeth with braces. Therefore, it is imperative that you take extra good care of your teeth when you have braces and make the extra effort in preventing tooth decay. For many patients with braces, one of the biggest hurdles is avoiding tooth decay. Here are some helpful tips to prevent tooth decay with braces:
We have all heard that brushing and flossing at least twice a day is necessary in order to maintain your oral health. But in order to ensure that you are doing everything it takes to prevent tooth decay, you should ideally be brushing and flossing after every meal. This is because after every meal, bacteria lingers in your mouth and if not cleaned, it can make it more likely for tooth decay to develop. If you find it difficult to floss with regular floss, you can use an interdental brush, which allows you to clean your teeth effectively as well.
With braces, it is important that you speak with your orthodontist in regards to updating your brushing methods. At Blooming Smiles, our team is here to help advise you on the right brushing technique to ensure that you are effectively cleaning your teeth and braces. You’ll want to use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush in order to not aggravate your gums.
It is imperative that you avoid certain foods with braces. This is because foods that are chewy or sticky, such as sweets and other treats, can leave bacteria around the brackets even if you floss and brush regularly. Foods and drinks that contain a lot of sugar can lead to plaque and bacteria, which can result in tooth decay. If you are wondering what foods you should avoid during your braces treatment, our team is here to help give you more clarity.
Another crucial step in preventing tooth decay with braces is to schedule regular orthodontic check-ups with your orthodontist and dentist. At Blooming Smiles, our team will be able to examine your mouth, including your teeth and gums and make any necessary adjustments to the wires of your braces and replace your elastic bands. Additionally, we will be able to examine your teeth for any plaque build up and signs of tooth decay and take the necessary steps to ensure your teeth are in good health.