When You Have Braces, Clean Your Teeth Special Care
DO YOU HAVE BRACES? Or, does someone you love have braces? Underneath all that metal, your pearly whites are inching you ever closer each day toward an absolutely fantastic smile! Wouldn’t it be a shame, if once your braces came off, you had a bunch of cavities under there!? That would be just awful!
Dr. Rief says, “Don’t let that happen!”
All the gadgetry in your mouth—from the springs and wires to the rubber bands and spacers—can attract food AND plaque. Dr. Rief reminds each of us with braces, “It’s important to brush your teeth properly and to use floss and/or mouthwash per your orthodontist’s recommendations. When plaque is left behind on your teeth, and around your braces, it can cause your gums to swell, your teeth to become discolored, chronic bad breath and even (sometimes) cavities.”
Cleaning Your Braces The Right Way Is A Chore, But It’s Well Worth It
The purpose of today’s post isn’t to go over all the details of caring for teeth with braces. We just want to talk about cleaning them. Your orthodontist has likely told you lots of do’s and don’ts. But here are a couple little reminders… There are foods you should probably just avoid including taffy, caramels, and hard nuts. And don’t chew ice or bubble gum. Be careful with things that are hard to bite like bagels and apples. If you have any questions, contact us!
Millions of people today are wearing braces. If you’re one of them (or your child) be sure to take the time to pay attention to detail. While it requires spending a little more effort before bedtime… In the long run it WILL be worth it.
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Crossroads Dental Arts
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Phone: (410) 363-2121
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