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How to Maintain Your Oral Health With Braces


When you wear braces, oral care needs to be a major priority, here you can learn about the extra steps to keep your teeth and gums healthy. More Info: – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How to Maintain Your Oral Health With Braces

How to Maintain Your Oral Health With Braces
  • Braces are essential for aligning your teeth
    and giving you that winning smile but wearing
    them also means you have to take extra dental
    care that will protect your teeth from staining,
    gum diseases as well as tooth decay. Precautions
    are not just necessary to protect your teeth you
    also need to avoid damaging your braces as
    replacements can be fairly costly. 

  • There are some simple actions that you can do
    on a daily basis when wearing braces such as
    avoiding crunchy or hard foods, avoiding chewing
    gum and not pushing your tongue against your
    inner teeth. However, there is also a more
    comprehensive oral health routine that you need
    to make a habit of when wearing braces.

Eat the Right Foods
  • Avoid eating too much of those foods that have
    a high acid content as these have a corrosive
    effect on your enamel. Replace them with the
    foods with low acid levels. Some of high acid
    level foods include soft drinks, citrus, tomatoes
    and pineapples among others. Eat more low acid
    foods such as mangoes, carrots, bananas, eggs and

  • When it comes to food choices when wearing
    braces, you also need to look at the hardness
    factor. The hard foods such as nuts are likely to
    damage your braces system. In case the brace
    apparatus has been damaged when chewing, contact
    your orthodontist as soon as possible. Another
    category of foods that you should avoid when
    wearing braces are the sticky ones such as gums.

Have a good oral care routine
  • There are extra oral care routines that you
    need to incorporate. If you are not already
    practicing them, when wearing braces flossing and
    brushing your teeth on a regular basis is
    important. Here are some useful oral care tips to
    keep in mind

  • Before you begin brushing your teeth, get rid of
    the elastics
  • The braces should be brushed gently. If there are
    gaps or nooks in the braces, try to get the
    bristles of the toothbrush into these. This is
    why you must also remember to replace your
    toothbrush more often.
  • After brushing your teeth, inspect your braces to
    ensure there are no remnants of food still stuck
    in them.

  • For more effective brushing, use an electric
  • Floss your teeth more often

Put in place
  • To minimise the rate of decay when you are
    wearing braces, it is advisable to use toothpaste
    that has fluoride, which is really most of the
    toothpaste brands in the market today. The tap
    water that you drink should also contain
    fluoride. Another important oral health product
    that you should consider is mouthwash that is

Use an interdental toothbrush
  • This works best when you have spaces between
    your teeth. They will go in between the spaces to
    get rid of food particles and stains on your
    teeth. It is generally more effective than
    flossing your teeth.
  • Practice these simple routines and keep your
    oral health in the best shape possible.

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