How to Prevent Tooth Decay while Wearing Braces

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

How to Prevent Tooth Decay while Wearing Braces
How to Prevent Tooth Decay while Wearing Braces

If you’re currently undergoing orthodontic treatment at your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho, here are the facts that you need to know in order to prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy during orthodontic treatment.

Teeth are more prone to tooth decay during orthodontic treatment – especially when using traditional, bracket-style braces – simply because wires and brackets can easily trap food and make it more difficult for you to clean your teeth properly.

How can you prevent tooth decay while wearing braces? Simply follow the steps below, provided for you by HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, for a healthy oral care routine:

1. Brush your teeth properly

Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle for the best clean possible. Your toothbrush should have softer bristles and our team of orthodontic experts at your Port Coquitlam orthodontist or your Richmond orthodontist, HGS Ortho, recommends using fluoride toothpaste. It’s important to rinse your mouth everyday with antibacterial mouthwash to lower your chances of tooth decay and flush away food particles that your toothbrush might miss.

2. Choose foods that are safe for your braces

If you’re wearing Invisalign invisible braces, you don’t need to worry about which types of foods you’re allowed to eat during orthodontic treatment. However, if you have traditional braces, you will want to avoid types of food such as apples, popcorn, carrots (hard foods) or soft, chewy foods that can easily stick to your wires and damage your brackets.

3.  Consult your dentist for regular cleanings

HGS Ortho, your Richmond orthodontist or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, recommends that you consult your dentist and schedule regular dental cleaning as often as necessary to keep your teeth in great shape while you undergo orthodontic treatment at our office.

If you have any questions about how to properly care for your teeth and prevent tooth decay while wearing braces, please contact your Richmond orthodontic or your Port Coquitlam orthodontist, HGS Ortho. We’re here to help give you the best smile of your life.

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