You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant, staring at the menu, and suddenly you realize that your braces have added a new layer of complexity to your dining choices. You wonder, “How will this meal impact my braces and my oral hygiene?”
Having braces can make oral hygiene a bit tricky. The brackets and wires provide plenty of nooks and crannies for food particles and plaque to hide. It’s not just about avoiding sticky, hard, or chewy foods that can damage your braces. It’s also about choosing foods that promote good oral health.
Choosing the right food
Fruits and vegetables, especially crunchy ones like apples and carrots, can naturally clean your teeth as you eat them. Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are high in calcium and phosphates, which can help repair tooth enamel. Foods high in water content, such as cucumbers, can help wash away food particles and bacteria.
Avoid sugary drinks like sodas and juices, as they can lead to plaque build-up and tooth decay. Instead, opt for water, the ultimate mouth cleaner, which helps rinse away food particles and keeps your mouth hydrated.
Taking care of your teeth
The Canadian Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day, but when you have braces, you might need to brush after every meal if possible. This helps dislodge any food that may have gotten stuck in your braces.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Angle the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean around the wires and pins of your braces. Don’t forget to brush the surfaces of your teeth, both front and back, and the chewing surfaces.
Flossing can seem intimidating with braces, but it’s an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. A floss threader can help you get the floss behind your wires. Take your time to floss between each tooth, and remember to gently clean along your gum line.
Finally, using a fluoride mouthwash can help reach places your brush and floss missed, helping to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
Remember, you’re not just working towards straighter teeth; you’re aiming for a healthier mouth. With some extra care and dedication, you’ll end your braces journey with a smile that’s as clean as it is beautiful.
Dr. Salim Kapadia Dental Centre, a multi-award-winning clinic, is eager to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. While we don’t offer braces, our team is on standby for any dental emergency you may encounter. Don’t let your oral health wait another day. Give us a call at (416) 321-3268 and book your appointment today!