Tips To Take Care Of Your Teeth With Braces
It is tough to brush, floss and take care of teeth when you have braces or other orthodontic equipment on them. Failing to take proper care of the teeth can cause issues such as staining, decay and gum diseases.
It is advisable to ask your orthodontist about teeth care tips before getting your braces in Exton installed. Here are some tips to have a shiny clean mouth even when orthodontic equipment are fixed inside your mouth.
- Brush After Every Meal
Brushing twice a day is the regular norm for healthy teeth. But when you have braces, it is recommended to brush your teeth after every meal. It means you have to brush after a meal or snack. This helps to clear out the food particles that get trapped in the braces. If you don’t have time to brush, at least rinse your mouth thoroughly after every meal. While brushing, you have to take care to brush each teeth, under and around the brackets to remove all the food particles.
- Floss Your Teeth
Floss your teeth once in day. Floss between the braces and the wires to remove any accumulated particles that lead to germ build-up and decay. You can use the regular floss or a special orthodontic floss to clean the hard to reach areas under the brackets and wires.
- Be Careful While Eating
You need to be very careful about what you eat. Avoid eating foods that have too much sugar and starch. These foods cause tooth decay as they cause plaque around the brackets. Also avoid eating hard and chewy foods. These foods get stuck easily under the brackets and cause plaque, tooth decay and staining.
Hard foods are difficult to chew and may damage the wires and brackets. Avoid eating hard foods such as apples, corn on the cob, nuts, popcorn etc. if you want to eat these foods while having your braces on, cut them into bite sized pieces which are easy to bite and chew.
These are some tips to take care of your teeth with braces on. Always choose an experienced orthodontist for braces in Exton to ensure they are installed with perfection and produce the desired results.