When you have Braces for the first time, your teeth are at a vulnerable stage, so you must be careful with your new dental asset. If you follow expert dentist guidance regarding care for your braces and how to keep your teeth clean, your experience with braces will result in a lifetime of satisfaction and a significant self-esteem boost.
Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay – Good Oral Hygiene
Whichever type of orthodontic treatment you choose for your new smile, brace care is vital. You must know how to properly care for your teeth and mouth to prevent cavities and the additional expense of treating them when you’re wearing braces. When you wear braces, it is very important to have a good oral hygiene routine to not only keep the braces clean but to also take care of your teeth and gums, which includes brushing and flossing on a consistent basis.
When you floss or brush your teeth, you must take special care not to break the wires and brackets. Breakages could result in additional trips to the orthodontist incurring additional costs and increasing treatment time. Under typical conditions, ensuring proper dental hygiene may mean that as part of your daily routine, you would brush twice a day. However, when you get braces, it is generally advised to brush at least five times per day for at least five minutes each time, and then use mouthwash to rinse afterwards.
Here are some Oral Health Tips to Take Care of your Braces:
- Use a quality brush to reach underneath the wires. A standard toothbrush might not be capable of doing this and only clean around your braces. Consider using an electric toothbrush, such as Water-Pik, whose high-pressure water stream can dislodge unwanted bits of food from their hiding places.
- Brush thoroughly with a good toothpaste after every meal, as braces inhibit saliva flow, which would usually release food particles from between teeth. The sooner food is consumed, the lower the risk of cavities.
- Rinse thoroughly with fluoride mouthwash, if possible. Rinsing your mouth not only can remove plaque and food you may have missed but also removes persistent food particles, fluoride will provide you with additional protection against tooth decay.
- Visit your Devonshire Dental Care dentist more frequently if you are prone to cavities. Consider performing this action every three months.
Securing Your Braces to Look After Your Fixed Braces
You or your child can continue to play sports while wearing braces. However, brace wearers should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth and braces during games. When you have braces, dental professionals advise you to wear a mouthguard for both your upper and lower teeth to reduce the risk that you could damage your braces. Invest in one custom-made by your dentist for the most comfortable fit.
Foods You Should Avoid
It is crucial to know which foods and drinks you should be avoided as part of your oral hygiene regime to maintain a healthy gum line, minimise plaque, protect your braces and generally maintain healthy teeth while wearing a brace. Certain foods can break part of the brace, or if they get stuck in your braces damage both braces and teeth.
- Sweets, hard Nuts and fruits (like apples and pears)
- Hard-to-eat vegetables (like carrots and corn on the cob)
- Sticky foods such as gum, taffy and caramels.
- Taco shells
- Tough meats
- Pizza crust
In addition, keep in mind that while it is vital to stay hydrated, not all liquids should be consumed. Drink enough of water throughout the day and avoid carbonated drinks and sugary beverages, as your teeth are more prone to cavities with braces. And, by all means, consult with the dental experts at Devonshire Dental Care, who can provide you with lots of ideas, care advice, and other helpful information.