How To Avoid Developing Cavities While Wearing Braces
One of the biggest concerns when getting braces is the potential to develop other oral health problems while fixing the alignment issues that are already plaguing them. With improper hygiene, people with braces may face an increased chance of developing cavities or other forms of tooth decay. However, there are ways to avoid developing cavities while you have braces (regardless of your age), which are listed below:
- 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 to get to the hard to reach crevices of your mouth. Applicances 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.
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.