Tips for Caring for Your Teeth and Gums While Wearing Braces

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Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is your top priority for oral health. This involves consistently practicing good daily habits like brushing and flossing to remove plaque. Additionally, regular dental visits are essential to remove hardened plaque (tartar), polish your teeth, and check the health of your gums.

When you choose orthodontics to straighten your teeth, taking care of your oral health becomes important. With braces, food and bacteria can get stuck easily in the brackets and wires. To reduce bacteria in your mouth, you should rinse with mouthwash in addition to brushing and flossing daily.

Removing plaque is important because it helps prevent cavities, swollen gums, bad breath, and permanent stains on your teeth caused by braces. It’s best to brush your teeth after each meal or snack. If you can’t brush, at the very least, rinse your mouth with water to wash away food particles and bacteria. Additionally, remember to floss at least once a day.

What happens if you neglect your oral hygiene while wearing braces? You may develop gingivitis, which is the initial stage of gum disease. Gingivitis occurs due to plaque buildup along the gum line, so it’s important to brush those areas and gently massage your gums when brushing. If gingivitis isn’t treated properly, it can lead to a gum infection around the bones and ligaments supporting your teeth. This can create gum pockets where more bacteria and plaque can accumulate.

But the gums aren’t the only part of your mouth that can be harmed if you don’t take care of your teeth and gums when wearing your braces. You can also end up with white spots around the braces. These are permanent stains from decalcification, and they can’t be removed when the braces are taken off. To avoid these dental issues, take care of your teeth and braces by practicing the following:

But neglecting to care for your teeth and gums while wearing braces can harm more than just your gums. It can also lead to white spots forming around the braces. These permanent stains are caused by decalcification and can’t be removed once the braces are removed. To prevent these dental issues, make sure to maintain good oral hygiene and care for your braces by following these steps:

– Brush your teeth using fluoride toothpaste, and remember to change your toothbrush every two months. This is crucial, especially when you have braces, which typically wear down bristles faster due to the metal brackets. Make sure to brush after meals and before going to sleep.

– Flossing once daily is essential. Depending on your needs, there are various tools available for flossing. The most common tool is waxed floss combined with a floss threader. Another popular option is an oral irrigator, which uses water to clean bacteria and food particles from around the gums and between teeth and braces. Choose what works best for you and make sure to use it regularly!

– See your dentist every six months for check-ups to identify any issues and receive a professional dental cleaning. By keeping all your scheduled orthodontic appointments, you’ll be ensuring your oral health is at its best while your teeth are being straightened with braces.

– Rinsing with an oral rinse every day can prevent decalcification, which causes white spots on enamel, and demineralization, caused by acids that break down enamel when left on the teeth. We can also recommend a specific oral rinse based on your dental needs.

If you need more details, please feel free to contact us to learn about caring for your teeth with braces. Our goal is to assist you in achieving the healthy, straight smile you deserve!