Brushing and flossing your teeth is always important, but even more so during orthodontic treatment. Braces, wires, springs and rubber bands attract food and plaque very easily. This means that it is easy to fall into a trap of staining, tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
It can be difficult to fully clean your teeth and gums when using braces (unless you use Invisalign), and it requires careful brushing and flossing. It is essential that you brush after each meal and snack to avoid white spots on your teeth and bad hygiene. Here are some tips to keeping your mouth clean during your orthodontic treatment:
Interdental Toothbrushes: Interdental toothbrushes are an excellent option in cleaning your teeth and gums. When brushing, make sure you clean both underneath and around your braces for optimal results.
Antibacterial Mouthwashes: Antibacterial mouthwashes such as hydrogen-peroxide help reduce inflammation in your cheeks and gums. Rinses can help prevent infection, irritation, scrapes and sores.
Flouride: A fluoride mouthwash is very effective in reaching places that your toothbrush simply can’t. Furthermore, they also replace the tooth-enamel minerals that can erode due to your teeth’s exposure to harmful acids.
Eat Sensibly: Avoid foods such as apples or bagels that are tough to bite, chewy foods such as caramel and hard foods like pretzels or popcorn. Do not use chewing gum.
Flossing: You will need a floss threader or superfloss in order floss effectively.