Caring for your teeth is always essential; it becomes an even more important task when you have orthodontic appliances, such as braces, placed on your teeth. After the process of getting a beautiful , new, and straight smile the last thing you want is a mouth full of cavities from not properly caring for your teeth.
Here are some easy tips to ensure your smile stays healthy before, during, and after braces:
Brush after meals:
Always ALWAYS brush after eating. Pack a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to have at work, school, or out to eat. This will prevent food from sitting on your teeth all day long.
Keep mouthwash handy for use periodically throughout the day. This helps to break-up any food particles that may have been left after brushing. It also helps eliminate bacteria in the mouth and keeps your breath minty fresh.
Flossing gets into those tight spots that may not have been reachable by your toothbrush. This is especially important while you have braces because they create new tight spots that may not have been there before.
Avoid all sticky foods and candies, seeds, and popcorn.