It’s no secret that braces are a big investment. However, on the plus side, they can mean the difference between aligned and misaligned teeth and a straight and a crooked smile. As such, it’s important that you as a parent make sure that you set a good example when it comes to taking care of your child’s teeth while he or she is undergoing orthodontic treatment.
1) Brushing and flossing daily
Failing to adhere to this tip can prolong treatment. Every orthodontic patient should brush at least twice a day, sometimes more, and floss. Flossing is critical because bits of food tend to get stuck in between the brackets and if they aren’t removed, cavities are more likely to form.
2) Restricting snacking
Now cutting out snacking only refers to foods that are bad for your child’s teeth, such as candies and soda. Any time Junior pops a piece of gum into his mouth, not only are brackets more likely to come loose, but acid washes over the teeth in an effort to get rid of excess sugar.
3) Using fluoride
Fluoride, a natural occurring mineral, helps fight against plaque, which is notorious for causing cavities. These tiny holes may result in tooth sensitivity, pain and even tooth loss. Fluoride can be found in tap water, certain toothpaste and some washes. An experienced orthodontist can tell you whether your child could benefit from upping his intake of fluoride.
To learn more about how to help your child take care of his teeth, before and while he or she has braces, make an appointment at Upper Eastside Orthodontists. We can answer your questions and tell you how to get the most out of pediatric orthodontic treatment.