When it comes to your future, one of the most important investments you can make is in your orthodontic care. All of the dental care professionals here at Weston Dental Office will work hard to ensure that your treatment has the best results. If you have braces, it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums diligently so they stay healthy and free from decay. We have put together a list of tips to help you maintain your oral health while you have braces.
Braces have a lot of little parts that require diligent cleaning. All of those wires and brackets are prime areas to hide bits of food or even a buildup of plaque. In order to prevent problems with your gums and to avoid tooth decay, it’s important to take extra care of your oral hygiene. You will need to spend more time brushing to ensure the brackets are clean. You should also make sure that you visit one of our dentists on a regular basis for professional cleaning and health check-ups.
Drinks and some foods that contain high amounts of acid can cause a lot of damage to the enamel of your teeth. That doesn’t mean that all acidic foods should be avoided, since many of them are good for you. Low acid foods, however, are best for those who have orthodontics installed.
You should also make a point to limit foods that have excess sugar, and those that have high amounts of starch like potato chips. These types of food can stick to your teeth and become lodged in the crevices of your braces which may result in tooth decay.
Drinking water is not only good for your body, but it’s also good for your teeth. Water will help get rid of excess acid in your mouth after your meals, and it will also ensure that your saliva production remains constant. Saliva is a natural tooth decay deterrent, so make sure to stay hydrated to maintain better oral health.
If you have elastics on your braces, make sure to remove them prior to brushing your teeth. Always use toothpaste that has extra fluoride and also use a soft bristled brush to protect your gums. Brush your teeth and braces by holding your brush at a 45-degree angle starting from the gum line. Use circular motions and follow a set pattern to avoid missing cleaning any areas. It’s important that you press just hard enough to allow your toothbrush bristles to get in the wires, brackets, and cracks between your teeth.
Cleaning Products with Fluoride
Fluoride helps to keep your teeth safe from decay at all stages of life, but it’s especially important when you have braces. The nature of braces allow for more plaque to build up on your teeth, which can result in cavities or damage to your gums. Toothpaste and mouthwashes that contain fluoride will help combat plaque buildup and decay. In some cases, you may be prescribed special oral care products to keep your teeth healthy.
How We Can Help
Weston Dental Office is always here to give you the best care and advice possible to help you with your oral health. If you have more questions about braces or if you want to set up an appointment, give our office a call today at (416) 247-1928.