Dental Braces • Did you just recently get your dental braces? Congratulations! You’re now a step closer to your dream smile. On your journey, next thing to remember is to pay extra attention to your dental hygiene. • There’s a high probability that one of these things may happen: food particles and plaque can get stuck in the brackets and cause cavities and bad breath and the way you brush and floss your teeth can be trickier.
This article offers some dental care tips on how you can take better care of your teeth while you have braces.
Stay away from Sugary Drinks and Snacks • In addition to avoiding chewy and sticky foods that can ruin your braces, stay away from sweet food that can ruin your teeth. The most common culprit includes coffees, fruit juices, and sodas. • They can make you think that you’re not eating so you forget to clean your teeth, but the sugar content in these drinks can increase your risk for tooth decay.
Rinse and Gargle as much as Possible • This tip is particularly important for people with braces because the liquid pressure is very helpful for getting out the food particles and bacteria that a toothbrush cannot reach. • And for an added push of cleanliness, you can use a mouthwash that has extra plaque protection.
Be aware that Brushing is different with Braces • The ideal toothbrush for people with braces is a “V” cut or orthodontic soft toothbrush where the bristles in the middle are shorter. Using this toothbrush can help you reach the crevices and corners around the wires and brackets. • Another alternative toothbrush is the special electric toothbrushes for teeth with braces. Before brushing the teeth, some people opt to use a pointed gum massager to gently remove any food particles. Also, brush your tongue because biofilm and bacteria can coat it which are two major causes of tooth decay and bad breath.
Floss Carefully • Choose a thin-waxed floss that is known to less likely to get caught in the brackets. • You can floss the normal way, but make sure not to push against the wire to dislodge plaque, slide the floss up and down then gently pull it out. Flossing with braces will take two or three times longer, but you’ll soon get the hang of it.
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