The orthodontists at Olson & White Orthodontics, want their patients in Florissant and O'Fallon, MO, to understand the importance of being diligent about oral healthcare while wearing braces. When you have braces, it becomes harder to clean your teeth properly, and if the extra effort is not applied, it can cause unpleasant dental issues, such as gum disease.
Do not let your oral health wane while wearing braces. Follow these dental hygiene tips so your teeth are not only straight when the braces are finally off but are also in great health:
- Rinse & Brush Regularly: With all of the wire in your mouth, it is no wonder braces are more susceptible to getting food trapped in there. This is why it is very important to rinse your mouth with water following any meal, and if you are able, go ahead and brush your teeth after rinsing. It is also advisable to use a fluoride rinse each night before bed to help keep your teeth strong.
- Don't Forget To Floss: Flossing has never been more difficult or more important than when you are wearing braces. Use a special orthodontic floss at least once a day to remove all food particles that could be lodged in between teeth and around metal.
- Don't Skip Your General Dentist Visits: When wearing braces, it is very important to visit your family dentist every six months for regular cleanings and an oral health checkup. This way, if you’re missing areas, your dentist can suggest ways to improve in the future.
- Avoid Sticky & Chewy Foods: Any food that is prone to sticking to teeth can be really hard to remove from all types of braces. Eating them frequently while wearing braces increases your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease.
At Olson & White Orthodontics, they offer several types of braces, including traditional, Invisalign, ceramic, and self-ligating, to help meet the needs of each patient. If you or your child is seeking orthodontic care, schedule your appointment with these orthodontists today. Call (314) 838-8762 for their Florissant location or (636) 978-9585 for their O'Fallon location. You can also visit them online to learn more about their braces options and services.