Braces. They are a fact of life for many youngsters, just as sure as puberty. If having wires around your teeth more months on end isn’t enough, braces are huge food traps. Most teens that have braces fight to keep food out of there and to have fresh breath. It is a lot of work to keep teeth clean and shiny when you wear braces.
Braces are certainly food traps. You can’t avoid it. As soon as you eat any type of food, it becomes lodged in and around the braces. If you can’t brush right away, then the food sits there and it causes some pretty odorous breath. So, how can you fight off bad breath when you wear braces? Here are some tips to keep your teeth clean and food-free.
Clean your teeth every time you eat: When have your braces put on your teeth, probably the very first thing the orthodontist tells you is to make sure you brush every time you eat. It is not to keep his shiny little tools he gave you clean for his sake, it is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. You cannot get away from food particles getting trapped in there, but you can do something about it. You can brush, brush and brush some more. Take your orthodontist’s advice and make sure you do this each and every time.
Swish with water: If you simply cannot get to your toothbrush fast enough, then consider swishing a good portion of water in your mouth and spitting it out. This will help dislodge those particles and help your breath smell better. Even when you can’t brush your teeth after you eat, when you have braces, you need to make sure you are doing a good job of keeping them clean.
Use the tools: Don’t have a toothbrush handy? Don’t just sit there with stinky breath, use some tools. A toothpick works well to get the food out from around and in between the brackets. You will just have to be very careful. You can also use the little brush your orthodontist gave you that looks like a mini-bottle cleaner. Those are designed for braces and will help you clean around your appliances better than even just brushing.
Brush with good toothpaste: You can also use good toothpaste to help your braces. Ask your dentist which kind is the best. If the braces are giving you a lot of pain, you might ask for toothpaste and mouthwash that is designed for sensitive teeth. Rinsing your mouth out with warm salt water after brushing is also great. It can help alleviate pain and help keep your breath fresh. If you wear retainers or other appliances, clean those well, too.
Follow the advice of your orthodontist and make sure you are carrying for your teeth properly. This will help your teeth and gums stay health, but it will also go a long way in preventing and helping the bad breath you often get with braces.