While good oral hygiene is important no matter your situation, it becomes especially important if you have traditional wire braces. It’s no joke that braces make oral care a much more difficult task. It may be necessary to dedicate a significant amount of time to oral care multiple times a day. However, you will find that your efforts will not go unnoticed. If you neglect your oral care while you have braces, there can be dire consequences.
You must note that it is not the braces themselves that cause any dental issues, but since they provide plenty of small spaces for food to get stuck and that is harder to reach and clean, they can offer hiding places for bacteria as well. The extra food in all these little spaces in your braces can offer fuel for bacteria against your teeth. This can potentially cause a greater number of cavities and dental decay as well as discoloration of the teeth.
People with braces are much more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, decalcification, and even gum disease if they don’t know how to care for their teeth while they have braces.
Essentially, not too much is different when it comes to oral care. You still need to brush and floss at least twice daily but with special attention to rinsing your mouth out after food and making sure you have no pieces of food stuck in your braces.
When you are brushing your teeth, use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Point it at the gum line and smoothly brush until you feel pressure on your gums, but not too hard! Brushing your gums hard can cause other complications. Do your best to get each tooth and around each and every bracket as well.
When it comes to flossing, braces can make this chore much harder. Your dentist can provide you with special flossers for braces, but you must make sure to get in between each bracket and tooth.