Those who wear braces in Hollywood need to step up their oral hygiene game to protect their teeth against cavities and tooth decay. If you’re wearing braces, read up.
Proper oral care isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s the very foundation of a healthy mouth. Unfortunately, people who wear braces are more prone to developing oral health problems. When these problems aren’t treated, they can lead to serious complications. Not only that, but they will also delay your treatment because your orthodontist will have no choice but to remove your braces and deal with the problem. Once the problem is resolved, the braces will be reapplied again. All these will take time.
So, how do you protect your teeth while you’re on orthodontic treatment?
Cleaning your teeth while wearing braces can be challenging, but it’s not something you can’t do. During your consultation, your orthodontist will provide you with everything you need with regards to cleaning your teeth. Take note of the kind of floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash your orthodontist recommends you use. Some products contain harsh chemicals that may destroy the metal of your braces. There are also floss types that are designed for braces wearers. Also, when choosing a mouthwash find one that doesn’t contain bright green and red dyes as these can cause your elastics to be removed and your metal wires and brackets to be discolored.
Braces increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease because plaque is prone to build up around your brackets and wires. However, there is one appliance that can help keep your mouth clean while you have braces, and it’s none other than an oral irrigator. An oral irrigator will emit water with moderate pressure to dislodge plaque, bacteria, and food particles from your teeth. Ask your orthodontist how often you should use it!
If you need more guidance on how to care for your teeth while on braces feel free to ask us. At TLC Dental & Orthodontics, we take pride in our commitment to improving your quality of life through our wide range of dental services. Call us today for an appointment or visit our website to learn more about our services.