Getting braces can be no charming experience. It can also be quite a good experience depending on who does your treatments. But during your treatment time, you absolutely HAVE to consider the hygiene of your teeth! Did it occur to you that you can’t really floss the way you used to? There are a number of gum diseases that can creep in to your mouth if you’re unsuspecting. My orthodontist in Irvine gave me some amazing ideas for help with keeping my mouth healthy both in my gums and between my teeth. Special thanks to Irvine Orthodontics for contributing to this article.
1) Gum Health
The risk of gum disease and tooth decay is always higher with brackets and wires in your mouth. This is because braces often trap food and bacteria in areas that are now not as accessible with a toothbrush. Be sure to have a soft toothbrush for you gums, and it is equally as important to brush those gums as part of your brushing regimen twice or three times daily.
2) Tooth Decay Prevention with Braces
While you may have eaten several times throughout the day before braces, it is a good idea to stick to 3 meals with perhaps a snack or two during the day. The reason for this is to keep teeth clean for long durations of time since many of your favorite foods may contain starch, such as potato chips. These kinds of foods often stay stuck in braces and can go unnoticed but they are doing subtle damage while there in between your braces and teeth. Starchy foods contain sugars which turn to acids which break down the enamel on teeth which leads to cavities. A good rule of thumb is to brush immediately after eating food of any kind.
3) Foods to avoid during treatment time
Of course you love to eat your veggies right? Well if you don’t, it is a good time to start. Vegetables are great for you body and not harmful to teeth the way processed foods and starchy foods can be. Be diligent to stay away from sodas and other high-sugar foods which can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Just one soda has 10-12 spoons of sugar, which as you know, are bad for teeth whether you have braces or not. Avoid candy and sports drinks or other sugar-sweetened foods.
Getting some good oral care products can drastically increase your odds of not damaging your teeth during treatment. This is one of the highest recommendations for people with braces. We encourage you to consult an Irvine Irvine orthodontist with good reviews before getting started in your braces journey and always be sure to tell them that your friends at Baby in a Basket sent you!
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