Although October was National Orthodontic Health Month, optimal orthodontic can and should be kept in mind all year long. Oral health is a crucial part of overall health and wellness, affecting more areas of the body than just the teeth and gums.

Oral Health Tips for the New Year

Keep the following three tips in mind for better oral health practices throughout the holiday season and into the new year:

  • Brush and floss properly. Brushing too hard or with the wrong kind of toothbrush can harm the gums and spaces between the teeth, causing issues now as well as later down the road, if not corrected. In addition, not correcting apparent teeth problems, such as crowding, spacing or difficulty chewing can affect brushing as well. Not being able to reach certain areas of the mouth will impede a complete cleaning.
  • Care for your braces and other forms of treatment. If you or your child has been fitted with braces, whether they are metal, ceramic or Invisalign, proper maintenance is essential. This means avoiding certain types of food if necessary, inspecting treatment for any apparent issues or changes and wearing a mouth guard during high-contact activities.
  • Schedule regular orthodontic checkups for the whole family. If you have children, beginning their orthodontic routine early is best, as any issues can be caught earlier and fixed as necessary. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children begin to see an orthodontist no later than their seventh birthday.

There are many types of treatment available at Upper Eastside Orthodontists including metal braces, ceramic braces, lingual and Invisalign. Schedule a consultation today or visit our website to learn more.

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