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Braces and Oral Health

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Investing in dental treatment or appliances shows that you value your oral health. Taking care of your teeth and your new treatments will help them last longer, protect your smile, and improve the health of your entire mouth. It’s no different when you’re undergoing orthodontic care.

Wearing braces on your teeth gives debris and bacteria a lot more surface areas to rest on throughout the day. Thoroughly removing it on a regular basis can take a healthy dose of attentiveness. Otherwise, plaque and calcified bacteria will create bad breath, demineralization of your enamel, discoloration on your teeth and cavities.

Thankfully, if you’re committed to keep ing your smile healthy, it’s completely doable when you wear braces. The first rule is to simply take your time. Brushing around extra brackets and wires will take a little longer than it did when you didn’t have braces. Pay careful attention to the areas right around each bracket, as this is the most common area for enamel demineralization to occur (if you miss these spots, you can wind up with white lines or circles on your teeth once your braces are taken off.)

There are several types of brushes made for cleaning around braces, including tapered brushes to use between the brackets. Electric toothbrushes are also a tremendous help, as they typically clean more thoroughly than a manual brush. Flossing however can be tricky; but it’s an important step to make sure you don’t get gum disease or cavities between your teeth. If you’re patient, you can use a floss threader between each tooth once a day to clean between. Or, invest in a water flosser to flush the plaque from between the teeth and brackets with a steady stream of water.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck

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