Keeping your mouth healthy when wearing braces isn’t as simple as it is without them. You do have to spend a bit more time cleaning, but it’s worth it. The extra effort ensures that you don’t have any tooth health problems and that when your braces are taken off, you’re rewarded with the beautiful, straight smile you’ve been looking forward to for so long.
Our team here at Dr. Ronald L. Champion, DDS in Modesto, California has some tips to help you have the best oral health possible while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Let’s look at what that is.
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day is a sound preventative measure against cavities and it is the key to maintaining good oral health. Interdental brushes can help you remove plaque and food particles from hard-to-clean places where braces hardware meets tooth enamel. When flossing your teeth, it’s important to clean between each tooth, behind each of your last molars, and along the gumline. A floss threader with waxed dental floss might help you clean around some of the hard-to-reach places.
It’s best to abstain from eating sticky foods and chewing gum. These things can loosen brackets, bend wires, or dislodge spacers. At the same time, braces can also be damaged by biting down repeatedly on hard and crunchy foods.
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it should give you an idea of what you need to do in order to maintain the best possible oral health. If you have more questions, or need to visit Dr. Ronald Champion for any reason, call us today at 209.575.5888.