No matter what type of braces you get, your oral hygiene habits will become infinitely more important during orthodontic treatment. Caring for and maintaining your braces along with your entire mouth can be the difference between having beautiful, healthy teeth after your braces come off or having de-calcification from bacterial build-up.
Brush Brush Brush
Your tooth brushing habits are important anyway, but brushing when you have braces is absolutely crucial. If you have braces that are attached to your teeth, the bacteria in your mouth have a number of new places to hide.
Brushing helps prevent a few things:
• Bacteria build-up
Floss Like Never Before
The spaces between your teeth can also serve as a great hiding spot for bacteria, which can eventually turn into cavities. Though the first few times flossing with braces may be a little uncomfortable, your gums will soon get stronger. As you continue, your gums will get healthier and you won’t have to worry about anything being in between your teeth to make them decay.
Not flossing regularly can lead to several problems over time:
• Receding gum line (this can eventually lead to losing teeth)
• Cavities between the teeth
• Gum disease
To get the absolute most from your oral care regimen, you should floss, brush, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash.
You can find more info here: http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v197/n4/full/4811594a.html
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