The Importance of Oral Hygiene
Orthodontists can help to straighten teeth and correct dentition issues, but on its own it’s not enough to ensure a long-lasting healthy smile. Proper dental cleaning and care is necessary to keep teeth healthy and prevent cavities, gum disease and more. By instilling these habits while a child is young, you can help to build a foundation for lifelong good oral health.
How to Care for Braces
Braces can make tooth brushing more of a challenge because there are so many crevices that can trap food close to the tooth and gum line. This makes proper oral hygiene and important part of caring for braces.
Children with braces should brush at least three times a day and after eating sugary snacks. A special toothbrush, called an interproximal brush, can help to clean around brackets and wires without damaging the braces. Dental floss and mouthwash can also help to keep the mouth clean while wearing braces.
When wearing braces, it’s also important to avoid sticky foods, especially gum and candy, as well as very hard foods like nuts that could get trapped in the braces or damage them.
It is also important to continue to schedule regular cleanings and exams 2 times per year while wearing braces. Since our practice offer both dentistry and orthodontics our staff is skilled at caring for teeth with and without braces.