You were told that having crooked teeth will lead to bad breath. So, you consulted with an orthodontist in Hollywood and decided to get braces–believing that once they are on, your breath won’t smell anymore. Fast forward to a few months later and your breath still smells bad. What could be the problem?
While it’s true that crooked teeth contribute to bad breath because plaque and bacteria have more places to hide, wearing braces may also add to the problem because of the complex design of the wires and brackets. Food particles, bacteria, and plaque can stick to your brackets and wires.
Is there a solution to this problem? The answer is yes.
Every orthodontist will tell you the same thing, brush your teeth regularly. Regular brushing will prevent plaque and bacteria from sticking to your teeth and your braces.
Once these are eliminated, your breath will smell fresher. Brush your teeth in the morning after taking your meals and once more before going to bed, using fluoride-based toothpaste. You may choose to add accessories like an interdental brush to thoroughly clean your teeth.
Even though you’re diligent in your brushing there is another thing you must do to make sure your breath doesn’t hold a bad odor. It’s none other than flossing. Flossing will help remove food particles and plaque that have lodged themselves in between your teeth and at your gum line.
If you don’t floss, your risk of developing gum disease will be high and unfortunately, this can result in bad breath. It can be difficult to floss with braces, but eventually, you’ll get used to it. Ask your orthodontist to show you how it’s done so you can practice it at home.
Orthodontists will not only treat your teeth misalignment but they will also teach you about proper oral care.
At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we are committed to improving your quality of life by giving you the best possible dental care personalized to suit your needs. Call us today for an appointment.