If you are currently wearing braces, then you probably want to make sure your teeth are straight and healthy. To have both, you’ll need to put extra effort into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When Dr. Carter removes your braces, you’ll be more likely to reveal white, beautiful teeth if you follow these simple steps.
Use a Special Toothbrush
In addition to your regular toothbrush, you’ll also need to use an interdental toothbrush. Regular toothbrushes just can’t get to those hard-to-reach spots around your braces. An interdental toothbrush has bristles that are shaped like a Christmas tree. They can remove food residue in the braces and on the teeth much easier. Another great item to use is a WaterPik, which is able to get into even the toughest-to-clean spots.
Brush after Every Meal
The fact is that braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating. It’s very important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. If food can’t sit around on your teeth, it can’t cause decay. We know it can be a pain to keep a toothbrush and floss handy at all times, but you’ll be glad you did!
Make Sure to Rinse
Even after all of that brushing and flossing, there can still be food left behind. Rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to finish the job. If you don’t have mouthwash with you, using water is better than using nothing at all!
Avoid Unnecessary Sweets
When it comes to tooth decay, being proactive is the best route. To help ward off decay, you need to limit the foods that cause it. If you can nix sugary foods from the start, you’ll spend less time trying to treat tooth-decay problems in the future. If you do eat them, make sure to brush and rinse immediately.
Visit Your Dentist, Too!
Regular dentist visits while you are wearing braces should occur at least every six months. Let us know if you have questions about your oral health while in braces – our team at Carter Orthodontics is here to make sure your teeth are as beautifully straight as they are healthy!