We all know that brushing your teeth and continuing to floss each and every day is the way to go when fighting against tartar build up and eventual cavities. However, as easy as this might sound, it may not be so easy when you factor in braces. Braces can make some spots in your mouth hard to reach and with this being said there are some steps you can take in order to ensure you protect your teeth from cavities.
First and foremost, you’ll want to schedule a dentist appointment before you go in to the orthodontist to have your braces put on. This is so you can get a cleaning done, making sure you’re properly checked for cavities prior to putting braces on. Also, an orthodontist will not check for cavities, so it is better to have a dentist check prior to your appointment in case on pops up.
Once you have your braces put on, cut back on certain foods like sweets, nuts, popcorn and bread. The reason for this is due to the fact that these foods can get stuck in places that might be difficult to clean with the new way of flossing you’ll develop.
Flossing will become more difficult when braces are put on, but try your best to continue brushing and flossing three times a day. It might also be in your best interest to invest in an electric toothbrush and a water pick so you’ll be able to reach all those hard places between your teeth and braces.
Finally, you should go out and find yourself a plaque remover mouth wash and use it before you brush your teeth every time. The reason for this is because it will help loosen up any plaque or food in between your teeth. Following your brushing and flossing, finish with a bacterial killing mouth wash that will kill off any leftover bacteria in your mouth.