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Hygiene Tips for Braces

December 26th, 2016 by Utah Orthodontic Care

Oral hygiene is critical to the health of your teeth, and it gets even more important during treatment with braces. All those brackets, wires, and tight spaces provide the ideal place for food, bacteria, and plaque to hide, making it doubly important that you take good care of your teeth while you’re wearing braces. Thankfully, that’s not too hard. Follow these tips to help keep your teeth clean and your treatment on track!

Watch Your Diet

Believe it or not, diet is a big part of oral hygiene – and that’s doubly true with braces. You’ll need to avoid any foods that are hard, sticky, or chock full of sugar. Hard and sticky foods can break brackets and get stuck in archwires, while sugary foods rot away tooth enamel and cause cavities. Maintaining a healthy, braces-safe diet is the first step of oral hygiene during treatment.

Brush & Floss Incessantly

While you’re wearing braces, the standard twice-a-day routine doesn’t quite cut it. Instead, you should be brushing a minimum of four times per day: once after every meal and once before bed. On top of that, you should floss daily, and don’t be afraid to use tools like an interdental brush for spot cleaning throughout the day.

Use Mouthwash

To help safeguard your smile, mouthwash is a great supplement to your orthodontic treatment. Using a hydrogen peroxide based mouthwash twice per day will not only help to kill plaque and bacteria in your mouth, but will also soothe the minor cuts and scrapes you get from braces – keeping you more comfortable and your teeth healthier.

Contact Your Salt Lake City, UT Orthodontic Specialists

We hope you’ve found these tips helpful, and if you have any more questions on how to keep your teeth healthy during treatment, we’d love to help. Feel free to call us at 801.999.4431, reach out to us at our contact page, or use our easy online form to schedule a free consultation at any one of our locations. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’re excited to help you achieve the beautiful smile you deserve through orthodontic treatment!

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