May 29th, 2014
5 Tips to Avoid Plaque with your Braces
Brush Regularly - Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.
Floss Daily – A simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.
Don’t skip the Dentist - Consider visiting your dentist at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities while wearing braces.
Stop Avoiding Fruits & Veggies – Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.
Avoid giving into your Sweet Tooth - Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages teeth.
The above 5 habits will help keep your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be during your orthodontic treatments here at Edina Orthodontics.
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