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Tips for Good Oral Hygiene With Braces

May 30, 2020

Braces are an easy way to adjust a person’s smile. They are a popular tool as they are simple and very effective. However, braces need to be cared for during your treatment. Oral hygiene is always important, but it is especially key during your braces treatment. This is because braces can hold onto food particles, leading to cavities or embarrassing moments. Below, we’ll teach you how to practice oral hygiene with braces.

Brush and Floss Regularly

This is might seem like an obvious tip. However, lots of people don’t brush their teeth for long enough. The ADA recommends brushing for two full minutes, two times per day. Use a timer on your phone to make sure you’re hitting the mark. Flossing is also very important, especially if you have braces. Food particles tend to collect around the brackets and wires. Ask your orthodontist to teach you the right way to floss around these pieces.

Consider a Mouthwash

Mouthwash can be very helpful for braces wearers. Mouthwash cleans around the hard-to-reach surfaces in your mouth. It can also reduce the risk of cavities and freshen your breath. However, it’s not a substitute for brushing and flossing. Ask your dentist or orthodontist to recommend a good braces-friendly mouthwash.

Know Which Foods to Avoid

This is an important part of oral hygiene. Certain foods can damage your braces or get stuck in the wires. Avoid hard things (such as popcorn and ice) because they can break the metal. Also, avoid sticky things like gum and caramel. These can get stuck in your wires and cause tooth decay.

See Your Dentist Regularly

If you have braces, then you are already seeing your orthodontist for adjustments. However, you still need to see your regular dentist, too. Dentists can check for signs of tooth decay and also professionally clean your teeth. This will help you smile with confidence. Request an appointment today by clicking the link above.

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