It is not impossible to practice good oral care while wearing braces. In fact, it’s absolutely necessary!
You’ve made a large investment in your child’s physical and emotional health, so it’s vital to monitor their oral hygiene habits. The good news is that even the dreaded “white spot” lesions that are caused by decalcification of the enamel can be prevented with good oral care.
Help your child understand the importance of taking care of the teeth with these do’s and don’ts:
- Keep teeth clean by brushing away plaque at least twice a day. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria, and if left too long on the teeth, it can lead to cavities and even gum disease. An electric brush can be effective at getting to those hard-to-reach places, and some models even have orthodontic heads.
- Floss at least once a day. Waxed floss may glide more easily over the teeth and gums. Thread the floss carefully under the main wire and then between the teeth.
- Keep up with regular cleanings and exams at your dentist. We will check for any hidden decay or demineralization of the enamel, as well as for signs of gum disease.
- Switch to a new toothbrush every 3 months. A worn-out brush can’t clean the teeth effectively.
- Don’t miss your orthodontic appointments. They are spaced for the most effective adjustments on the way to your new smile, and any delay may prolong the treatment.
- Don’t eat sticky food or hard food that can damage the wires. Avoid chewy candy, chewing gum, nuts, popcorn, hard candy and nuts.
- Don’t eat too much sugar. Stay away from sugary food and drinks – these can not only cause tooth decay, but can permanently damage or stain the teeth.
- Don’t forget your mouth guard when playing sports! You need to protect your jaw and mouth from injury. We can help find the right mouth guard that is just right for you.
Let Us Know If You Have Questions on Any Aspect of Oral Health Care
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating and educating patients for over twenty-five years. Our office serves the New Fairfield, New Milford, Danbury, and Sherman areas of CT and Pawling, Patterson and Putnam Lake of New York. You can call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.