Prevention of Caries: Essential for Patients With Dental Braces

cariesHaving braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here are a few tips to help you keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

Brush Your Teeth Multiple Times Per Day
This is a given, but if you have braces you should be brushing your teeth on a daily basis, and multiple times throughout the day. Not only do you need to make sure you are brushing, but there are also “best practices” for brushing your teeth, including brushing above and below your hardware, as well as along your gum line. Some orthodontists recommend you brush your teeth as many as four times per day, including after each meal and one additional brushing before going to bed.

Floss Consistently
Probably just as important as brushing your teeth, flossing should become a staple in your maintenance routine. Flossing between your teeth when you have braces can be challenging, but it is an important step if you want to ensure that your teeth stay healthy throughout the duration of your treatment. There are a few tools that can help you floss your teeth, including floss threaders or Superfloss. Both of these products are designed to make flossing while wearing braces easier.

Use A Waterpik
Appliances such as waterpiks help to get to the hard to reach corners of your mouth and to dislodge food and plaque from your teeth. The water put in these are often combined with mouthwash, providing a deeper clean than if you were to use water on its own.

Get Regular Checkups
It is important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist, as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.

Establishing good oral hygiene habits before getting braces will make the process that much easier when you are faced with the task of keeping your mouth clean for real. If you have care questions regarding your braces, contact our offices today for a consultation. For more information, contact our office today at 203-292-6644.