The good news for braces wearers concerned about their oral health is that the brackets and wires do not cause cavities. Unfortunately, they do tend to hold on to copious food particles, thereby dramatically increases the risk of contracting tooth decay if your oral hygiene is not on point. After the financial commitment and discomfort that sometimes come along with orthodontic treatments, the last thing you want is to cause excessive infection and damage, possibly even losing teeth. Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, will offer pointers for keeping teeth in good shape, even when they are covered with braces.
Brush and Floss with Patience
The obvious star of the oral hygiene show remains the same whether you have braces or not. Brushing your teeth is essential, and more so than ever while undergoing orthodontic treatment. There are plenty of nooks and crannies which will require your patience and care. You will most likely need to replace your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head a bit more often because of the wear and tear from the metal. And, as always, don’t forget to floss. Just because there is a wire in your way doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. There are floss threaders and other tools to make it possible to remove debris from between teeth. Since flossing does become more time consuming with orthodontics, rather than give up altogether, consider flossing one of the four quadrants of your teeth each day, and then continuing the rotation.
Add Some Extra Fluoride
Because of the challenges of oral hygiene, it’s a great idea to give a boost to your regular routine. Add in a fluoridated, anti-bacterial mouth rinse daily. You can also consider a high potency fluoride toothpaste if you are at a higher risk for cavities. Talk with Dr. Cabal about your options. Continue to drink from your municipal water supply if it is safe and fluoride infused. Make sure to brush your teeth immediately after breakfast and dinner (and any other meals, if possible). Once you’ve brushed and rinsed before bed, try to forgo bedtime snacking. If you can’t help yourself, just be prepared to start over again with your brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine for the best chance at keeping teeth and gums healthy under those braces.
About Dr. Cabal
Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment at our Ft. Worth orthodontist office, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.