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Good oral hygiene between dentist visits is the secret to maintaining a healthy mouth and a healthy body. Preventing tooth decay and gum disease is the foundation to a lifetime of optimal dental health. However, during orthodontic treatment, the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay increases, as it can be difficult to brush and floss properly.
You must keep to a rigorous cleaning regime to prevent bacterial plaque build-up that leads to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. Here are some oral hygiene tips for you:
When you have braces attached to your teeth, you will realise that cleaning or brushing your teeth is harder to do. Food particles can get caught between the braces and wires as well as your teeth, which can only be removed through careful brushing and flossing. If you don't clean your teeth thoroughly with orthodontic braces, you can get permanent stains or decalcification on the surface of your teeth.
Eating too much sugary food and drinking sugary or acidic drinks can contribute to plaque build-up. If you have braces, you will need to brush, floss and rinse after eating sugary food as it can get caught in your braces. This can significantly increase your chances of tooth decay.
Although it is recommended that you should brush your teeth twice a day, we advise our patients going through orthodontic treatment to brush their teeth 3 times a day, immediately after each meal, including lunch. We also recommend that you visit your dentist at least every 6 months for a routine check-up, deep clean and fluoride application if necessary.
We suggest using a small head and soft-bristled toothbrush to clean around the braces. Moving the toothbrush backwards and forwards in small motions above and below the braces can help achieve proper cleaning. Flossing is also very important in oral hygiene as this can help remove food particles in hard to reach areas. A good antiseptic rinse is the final part.
Tooth mousse used on a regular basis will markedly reduce the chance of any enamel decalcification occurring during treatment. This is especially recommended if oral hygiene levels are not maintained throughout treatment.
If you need more information regarding proper oral hygiene, please feel free to contact us
Although some patients are able to eat or drink almost anything while in braces and have no ill effects, there are certain dietary habits that are known to cause damage to orthodontic appliances as well as increasing the risk of dental disease.
Our aim is to achieve treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible and to minimise the side effects of poor diet choices. Remember, teeth move their best in a healthy environment and in individuals with excellent overall health. Be sure you have a well-balanced diet.
Potential Harm to Your Teeth & Gums
Foods and drinks your dentist has suggested may cause dental cavities should be restricted while wearing braces. You should avoid sticky foods because of the increased risk of dental decay and appliance breakage. These foods stick to your braces and remain on your teeth for long periods of time.
If you have food or drinks that are high in sugar content, we advise having them with regular meals or at one given time of day. Please make sure that you immediately brush and rinse your teeth afterwards. Between-meal snacks should be confined to foods without refined sugar and should be followed by vigorous rinsing if a toothbrush is not available.
The following foods and drinks can be particularly harmful to your teeth while wearing braces:
- Sticky lollies
- Sugar on cereal or icing on cakes
- Minties, Redskins etc
- Syrup & honey on pancakes & waffles
- Lemons (citric acid in juice can dissolve tooth enamel if eaten too frequently)
Potential Harm to Your Braces
Braces have been attached to your teeth with an adhesive that will normally withstand the forces of eating. However, braces can be dislodged, and wires bent or broken while eating certain foods. Hard foods, such as nuts, hard candy, corn chips and even crisp taco shells can harm your braces and should be avoided. Chewing ice cubes can also be very destructive to your appliances. Some foods such as whole apples, raw carrots or celery are healthy snacks but must be cut to avoid damaging your braces.
Chewy foods such as caramels and even thick bread crusts and pizza bases can bend and distort wires, causing treatment delays and extra visits for repairs. Popcorn can cause harm in multiple ways. The husks from the popcorn can become lodged between the braces and cause irritation to the gum tissue. Unpopped kernels can shear or break off brackets as well as bend or dislodge wires. Please inspect your braces when eating certain foods that may become caught on the braces or beneath the gums.
Remember, if you have any questions about dietary restrictions or good food choices, please ask!