After receiving braces or retainers, it is necessary to modify your dental hygiene routine. This includes being cautious and gentle when brushing and flossing, as well as being meticulous about removing food particles and plaque from around the brackets and wires. Failure to maintain proper oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment can lead to dental problems in the future.
Oral Hygiene In Orthodontics
In orthodontics, good oral hygiene is important. However, your old dental hygiene practices may not be enough. Braces make it hard to clean all areas of your teeth with a toothbrush or floss. You need to spend more time cleaning your mouth thoroughly. Ignoring proper oral hygiene in orthodontics can lead to problems such as:
- Bad breath
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease
If not addressed, these issues can lead to more severe oral health problems and delay your orthodontic treatment.
A Guide On Maintaining Good Dental Hygiene.
To keep your smile healthy while you have braces, Yang Orthodontics encourages you to follow these guidelines:
- Brush your teeth at least three times every day. Brush after every meal, and if you eat a sugary snack in between meals, it is best to brush again.
- Using an interproximal brush can assist with cleaning around braces, reaching areas that may be difficult for a regular toothbrush.
- It is recommended to floss daily, and using a floss threader can simplify the process of threading the floss behind braces.
- It is recommended to rinse your teeth with water during each cleaning. Depending on individual needs, a specialized rinse may be suggested.
- Being mindful of the foods to avoid while wearing braces can promote oral health and prevent potential damage to the braces.
To keep your retainer clean, brush it every day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will remove any food or plaque buildup. Rinse the retainer with cold water afterward. For a deeper clean, soak the retainer in mouthwash.