Keeping Good Oral Hygiene When You Have Braces
Know how to properly care for your smile while wearing braces.
Caring for your teeth and gums when you have braces is so very important. After all, you want to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in places that can lead to gum inflammation and decay. From the office of our Cumberland Park, SA, dentists, Dr. Jack Gaffrey and Dr. Angela Gaffrey here are some pointers to help keep your smile healthy throughout the orthodontic treatment process.
How you brush is more important than ever
Brushing is the most effective way to remove food and plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, as well as along the gumline. Of course, now that you have brackets on your teeth you may be wondering how you’re going to brush.
You will still use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities. Brush in circular motions as you go over the front of your teeth. To get the back surface of your teeth, tilt your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, using vertical, circular motions to clean each tooth.
Brush your teeth more often
While most people can get away with brushing their teeth only twice a day, if you have braces you will find yourself spending a lot more time keeping those braces clean. It’s important not to neglect regular brushing, as this can lead to cavities. Every time you eat you should be prepared to brush your teeth. If you’re on the go, pack your toothbrush and toothpaste with you to make sure you can brush your teeth no matter where you are.
Yes, you still need to floss
You may be wondering how in the world you’re supposed to floss with brackets and wires, but it’s very important that you still floss your teeth to prevent food and plaque from building up between teeth. Floss threaders are probably the best option for cleaning between teeth and the gums while also preventing damage to the wires.
Our Cumberland, SA, dentists can show you how to properly use floss threaders to make sure you are keeping your gums clean. You may also decide to use an interdental brush, which can also remove food and plaque from around your braces.
Avoid certain foods
Your dentist can provide you with a list of foods that you should avoid to prevent damage to your braces. These include a variety of hard, crunchy, tough and chewy foods including,
- Corn on the cob
- Hard, crusty breads (e.g. baguettes; bagels)
- Whole fruits and veggies (e.g. carrots or apples)
- Chewing gum
Call Cumberland Dental at (08) 8271 6233 to learn more about the types of braces we offer here in Cumberland Park, SA, and how we can improve your smile.