Braces are a fantastic option for improving the positioning of your teeth, however it’s important that you keep them clean. Improper care of your braces can leave food and bacteria trapped in your teeth, and lead to cavities and infection. Luckily, keeping your teeth and gums healthy with braces on is simple.
Brush your teeth
We all know to brush our teeth at least twice a day, but this is especially crucial if you wear braces. To give your teeth a proper clean, use a soft-bristled (or electric) toothbrush, move the toothbrush back and forth at a 45 degree angle, with your bristles pointed towards your gums.
If you have braces, you will need to pay attention to the brackets. It’s common for plaque and food to end up in these areas, so make sure to brush on top and between the brackets, as well as around the elastic, and be as thorough as possible.
Make sure to floss
Although a thorough brushing is great, you should also take the time to floss your teeth. You can a few options available including:
No method is particularly recommended so we suggest choosing one that you are comfortable and confident using.
Rinse and Gargle
After brushing and flossing, we recommend rinsing your mouth out with a fluoride and/or antiseptic mouthwash. Doing so will not only help with any inflammation and cuts you may be experiencing but also may also reduce tooth decay risk.
Avoid Certain Foods
As you probably know, there are some foods which are difficult to eat while wearing braces. In addition, however, there are certain foods you should avoid due to the damage they could cause on your teeth. Generally speaking, try to stay away from anything which is highly acidic, sticky or chewy. This includes:
Visit Your Dentist
Last but not least, make sure to visit your dentist regularly and attend all scheduled check-ups. These are an opportunity for your dentist to check on the progress of your braces and let you know if there is anything you need to focus on.
Are you considering getting dental braces or having your teeth straightened? Schedule an appointment with the friendly dental team at Marsfield Dental today.
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COVID 19 Update - Oct 2021
All our members of staff - Dentists and supporting assistants - are fully vaccinated. We are a COVID-safe practice and we are open for all general dental treatment needs and services.