If you have been living with braces for awhile then you probably have your hygiene routine down pat. If you are new to life with braces, these tips might give you some helpful insight on how to keep your braces clean. Perhaps you are a parent who recognizes that your child or teen may need some gentle nudges in the right direction when it comes to keeping their braces clean. Keeping braces clean helps to keep bacteria out of the smile that can otherwise lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Cabal and his team at Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX can help you to feel confident about your smile’s health.
#1: Swish Swish
Not only the title of a hit Katy Perry song, but remembering the words “swish swish” might help you to remember an easy rule for living with braces. Swish with water after you eat or drink. Swish with alcohol-free mouthwash during your hygiene routine. The force of liquid swirling around your smile can help break free debris caught in the wires and brackets of your braces giving you a head start on a clean smile.
#2: Replace Your Toothbrush Often
Metal braces can create extra wear and tear on your toothbrush. If you notice any fraying bristles, it is time to trade it in for a new one.
#3: Use Special Flossing Tools
Flossing with regular floss can be difficult when you are wearing braces. Items like dental picks, water flossers, floss threaders, or interproximal brushers can all help you get between teeth to remove harmful bacteria.
#4: Keep a Routine
When you are unmotivated, a routine will keep you on track. As often as you can, clean your smile at the same time each day. Doing so will help you avoid missing a hygiene session.
#5: Avoid Sticky Foods
Sticky, hard, and/or crunchy foods can be dangerous to your braces. They can also get stuck to your braces or teeth to be hard to remove. While you are wearing braces, avoid these types of food.
These tips can help you keep your braces clean
Keeping your braces clean is a good way to keep your smile healthy. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, TX at (817) 236-7846. Our office proudly serves patients who live in Ft. Worth, White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.