Maintaining a high level of oral health while wearing braces requires a bit of extra work than normal. However, not doing enough to keep your oral health in tip-top shape could mean that you spend more time with your braces on than you’d like.
So to help this not be a problem for you, we have a few tips on how to get the best oral health possible while wearing braces.
Eating sticky foods and regularly chewing gum can bend wires, loosen brackets or even dislodge a spacer. You should also avoid chewing on hard foods, ice and hard candies as it could also bend wires and damage bands. This also extends to bad habits like chewing on hard objects, like pencils, pens and ice.
If some part of your braces is damaged and there is sharp point threatening your cheek or gums, you can secure the problem area inside the special orthodontic wax you were given when the braces were installed. If you don’t have the wax readily on hand, you can use a pencil eraser in a pinch.
Brushing and flossing twice a day is critical for removing plaque and residual food particles. When flossing, it’s important to work the floss between the teeth and along the gum line. If you’re having a difficult time cleaning around the braces or flossing the spaces between your teeth, you might want to try using interdental brushes or a floss threader with waxed dental floss.
If you need more help or want additional information, call us today at 520-326-1101.