This time at home might have caused you to slack on your oral hygiene or even feast on sugary, chewy, or sticky snacks. If this sounds like you, it’s time to knock out plaque and keep your braces clean as you continue social distancing! Quarantine has put most things on halt, but with these methods, your smile will be back to shining its brightest.
Fix your diet!
Opting for a healthier diet is crucial for oral health—especially when you have braces! Your smile is more likely to suffer from stains and decay if hard-to-reach plaque gathers around your brackets. Limiting the intake of sugary or acidic foods and beverages will be a big help in avoiding decay and staining. Replacing that brownie with juicy strawberries will provide oral health benefits! Foods enriched with calcium and Vitamin C assist with strengthening teeth and promoting gum health. Examples of healthier snacks include citrus fruits and dairy products. Taking small steps such as brushing after your daily snack or using a straw when you drink juice or soda will assist in preventing plaque buildup with your braces.
Drs. Petty and Bielik cannot stress enough how important flossing is! Skipping this part of your oral routine is highly detrimental—especially when you wear braces. Flossing reaches the places that your toothbrush cannot and gives you cleaner teeth and braces. Flossing also helps remove plaque along the gum line. Straying away from flossing may eventually lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
Switch out your toothpaste or mouthwash
Want to fight plaque and staining even more? Check to make sure that your mouthwash or toothpaste are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA)! Choosing a product with the ADA’s seal of acceptance is one way to make sure you are making the most of your oral hygiene routine—with products that are shown to help your smile. Although you won’t see immediate results when you switch brands, over time you will enjoy cleaner teeth and a healthier mouth.
Visit us for your next appointment!
Applying these suggestions in your dental routine will make sure your orthodontic treatment progresses safely and healthily. Pretty soon you’ll be back to enjoying your healthiest, happiest smile! If you are ready to book an appointment with our Petty & Bielik Orthodontics team, call us today at 708-636-2900.