5 Top Tips to Avoid Cavities While Wearing Braces
If you want not only beautiful, but properly aligned teeth once your braces are removed (and we bet you do!) then you won’t want to miss these tips!
- You will need to give your pearly whites some extra attention when you have braces. Translation: Brush after each meal. We know that you can’t always make this happen, but we want you to try as much as you can. Brushing and flossing after a meal helps eliminate the food particles that get caught in your braces and can cause tooth decay over time. Your teeth will be so happy!
- Before you run and grab that toothbrush, we also want you to learn the right brushing technique. Ideally, you’ll hold your soft, interdental toothbrush (using fluoride toothpaste) at a 45-degree angle pressing gently against the gums. Use gentle, circular strokes to brush the front and back of each tooth as well as the gum line. Make sure you also brush your tongue, the inside of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Check out more details about brushing properly here – Brushing with Braces.
- But you can’t stop there! Make sure you rinse by swishing water and an oral rinse around several times and spitting to dispose of any remaining food particles.
- Using good oral hygiene isn’t limited to brushing, flossing, and rinsing. You also need to consider what you eat. Sticky foods can get stuck in your braces, allowing food particles to get too comfortable in there, even after brushing. Keep your teeth health by avoiding sticky foods like sugary caramel. Crunchy foods like popcorn can damage your braces. Moreover, really hard foods are also off limits because they can actually break the brackets of your braces. Avoid very hard foods like candy, carrots, hard fruit, and nuts. And while we’re at it, we’ll have to recommend that you avoid those super sweet treats and sugary sodas.
- And, of course, check in with your orthodontist (at least every 6 weeks) and dentist (at least every 6 months) for checkups and cleanings. Regular dental cleanings can help prevent enamel staining around the brackets and bands.
That’s it! Just follow these 5 simple steps to have clean, healthy teeth during and after braces!
If you think you or a family member may need dental braces, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics to obtain a comprehensive evaluation. Your orthodontist will discuss your diagnosis and find the best treatment options available for you.
Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Orthodontist Dr. James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc. has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community. SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism. Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere: a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members. Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.