Having 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. Continue reading →
In order to keep your teeth in mint-condition under your braces, it is imperative to brush and floss. Brushing is extremely important, but even after we brush food remains lodged between our teeth. This causes a buildup of plaque which can only be removed with dental floss.
What Happens If I Do Not Floss?
With or without braces the consequences of not flossing add up quickly. For starters, after food remains on your teeth for a certain period of time it hardens and turns into tartar, which must be removed by a dentist. Tarter will build up at a much faster rate under braces, where particles can hide for extensive periods of time unseen and unbothered. Worst of all, gingivitis is an early form of gum disease directly linked to tartar buildup. Continue reading →