Individuals with orthodontic braces need to maintain their oral health in order to keep their treatment schedule on track. When teeth are neglected and severe decay occurs, it's possible that orthodontic appliances will have to be removed in order to allow teeth and gums to heal. This will most likely result in additional costs.
Here's what you can do to keep your teeth and braces clean:
Don't forget to floss – According to some estimates, anywhere between 30 to 80 percent of American adults do not floss their teeth on a regular basis. Flossing is just as important as brushing because the action removes hard-to-reach plaque and food particles. These items can also get trapped behind brackets and wires, so flossing is essential.
Find the right brush – It doesn't matter if you use an electric or manual toothbrush as long as the product is cleaning your teeth efficiently. You may want to ask your orthodontist for recommendations about the brushes that work best with certain types of braces.
Use fluoride toothpaste – Most dental professionals advocate the use of fluoride toothpaste in order to prevent tooth decay.
"Fluoride slows down the bacteria, it makes the surface [of teeth] more resistant," Dr. Richard Price, spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA), told Men's Journal. "And it heals microscopic cavities before they become real cavities."
Use mouthwash – Mouthwash cannot only improve breath but, according to the ADA, these products can prevent tooth decay, reduce plaque and prevent the early stages of gum disease.
If you're interested in learning more about keeping your teeth and braces clean, contact an orthodontist in New York City today. The staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to meet with you.