Gum disease, which is also known as periodontal disease, is a very common oral health problem. It caused by harmful bacteria collecting along and beneath the gum tissue to cause irritation, inflammation, and infection. For some people wearing braces, the smile can be harder to clean which more bacteria is available to cause gum disease. However, these tips can help you to avoid gum disease during your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cabal at Lake Country Orthodontics in Fort Worth, Texas wants to help you have your healthiest smile possible!
Up Your Hygiene
It is recommended that everybody brushes for at least two minutes twice a day and floss at least once. When you are wearing traditional wire-and-bracket braces, it is important to keep your smile as clean as possible. You may need to brush and floss after every meal to be sure to remove any leftover debris. A water flosser or water irrigator can help you to reach areas that may be difficult to reach with your floss or toothbrush. If you are wearing Invisalign aligners, it is essential that you clean your smile thoroughly each time before you put the aligners back in your smile. Skipping hygiene can lead to bacteria trapped beneath the aligners.
Keep Routine Dental Visits
Your orthodontist is doing an important job of getting your smile into the correct alignment. During orthodontic treatment, it is still important to visit your dentist for routine cleanings and exams. Everyone should visit the dentist for a routine exam and cleaning at least twice a year or every six months. If you notice that your gums are puffy or red, it is important to let your dentist know. The early stages of gum disease can sometimes be reversed with a good cleaning and improved hygiene. However, the later stages of gum disease can only be managed and cannot be reversed.
It is possible to avoid gum disease
During orthodontic treatment, you may need to be a little bit more mindful to avoid gum disease. 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.