One of the biggest concerns during orthodontic treatment is the increased potential to develop other oral health problems while fixing the alignment issues. With improper oral hygiene, whether or not you are in the middle of orthodontic treatment, the chances of tooth decay and gum disease increase. However, there are ways to avoid developing cavities during orthodontic treatment. The best way to avoid cavities is to maintain a strong oral hygiene routine, which may get stronger with some additional equipment. Making healthy food choices and drinking plenty of water can also keep cavities at bay.
Boosting Your Hygiene Routine
Brush your teeth after every meal. Whether you have metal brackets or Invisalign, it is important to brush your teeth throughout each day. If you have metal hardware, you should be sure you are brushing above and below your hardware, as well as along your gum line. If you wear plastic aligners, it is important to make sure your mouth is clean before putting your aligner back in. Floss consistently and thoroughly. Flossing is just as important as brushing your teeth, and it should become a staple in your maintenance routine.
Water Two Ways
Flossing between your teeth while wearing braces can be challenging, but it is an important step if you want to ensure that your teeth stay healthy throughout your treatment. There are a few tools that can help you floss more efficiently, including floss threaders or a waterpik. Use a waterpik to get to the hard to reach crevices of your mouth and to dislodge food and plaque from your teeth. Drinking plenty of water also ensures that your mouth is consistently being rinsed of problematic material. Even if you are drinking another kind of drink, following it with water can be helpful to avoid leaving a sugary or stain-causing residue.
Cavities can be avoided during orthodontic treatment
Keep your smile healthy while you straighten it. To schedule a consultation at Lake Country Orthodontics, you can call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve patients from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.