Bad breath is not usually a subject that people enjoy talking about. While it is not exactly a serious affliction, bad breath can be embarrassing in social situations, and at the worst, it could be a sign that there might be a sign of something serious. Unfortunately, wearing braces can contribute to having bad breath. The main cause of bad breath is bacteria in your mouth. Even if you are diligent about brushing your teeth twice a day, it may not be enough to avoid bad breath while you are wearing braces because bacteria can hide in and around the braces’ brackets and wires. However, there are some tips that can help you to avoid bad breath, whether you wear traditional metal braces or not.
Keeping Your Smile Clean
When you wear braces, it’s not enough to just brush your teeth twice a day. You need to brush them right after every time you eat. Doing so can help stop food particles from staying lodged in your braces’ brackets and wires. Rinsing with water or mouthwash can be a standby after a snack, if you can’t find the time for brushing your teeth. Keeping your tongue clean is also an important part of keeping your breath fresh. Your tongue is moist, soft tissue with tiny bumps, so it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Water picks can help clean between braces and along your gum line. The forceful jets of water clean can get around the brackets and wires of braces.
Other Daily Habits
Drinking plenty of water is good for your health. It can also help keep bad breath away. A dry mouth is a breeding ground for bad bacteria. Drinking water during and after a meal can help keep bacteria and food particles rinsed away from your smile. To make it easier for yourself to clean your smile after each time you eat, you can carry a travel kit with travel-sized toothbrush, mouthwash, toothpaste and any other things you may need to keep your mouth fresh and free of bacteria.
Do you have any tips to avoid bad breath?
Ask us for more smile tips. 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.