BRUSH BRUSH BRUSH FLOSS FLOSS FLOSS
Everyone knows Oral hygiene is important but keeping good oral hygiene while in braces can be quite difficult. The biggest struggle is plaque! Plaque is caused by the sugars in food producing acids which can discolor teeth and make gums irritable. When gums are irritated they swell and if bad enough can start to grow over the braces which can cause moderate pain. Keeping plaque under control will help make the process of braces much easier and maintainable.
Brushing and flossing regularly is key to keeping a nice healthy smile! I am sure growing up you have been told always brush your teeth twice a day. With braces It is highly recommended to brush after eating a meal. While in braces food can get stuck in the wires and brackets without your knowledge of knowing it. Foods that are left sitting in the braces that are acidic or full of sugar can result in decay (cavities).
We know flossing is difficult enough but flossing while in braces can be even harder! Luckily there are many alternatives to flossing while in braces. Hand held flossers also known as platypus flossers are specifically designed to fit under your wire for easy access. The water Pik is a major flossing technique while in braces and is more effective than floss itself. The great thing about a water Pik is even when your braces are removed it is still a better more effective way of flossing that generic string.
Small things to keep in mind to help take care of your braces if you are away from home:
Cary around a travel size tooth brush or micro brush
Use water like it is mouth wash. Swish around in your mouth and spit. You will most likely see what you had for breakfast, lunch of dinner come out! Eww!
If you know you wont be able to brush for a long amount of time, Decrease your sugar, sweets and soda intake. Though
a small and sometimes hard thing to do, your teeth with thank you!!