Getting top grades is cool. So is keeping your braces in top shape. Are you headed back to school with new braces and feeling unsure how to take care of them during school hours? Here are 5 tools for braces care at school so you can keep your braces looking awesome.
1. Travel Toothbrush
One of our top tools for braces care at school is a travel toothbrush. It’s not always easy to fit a regular-sized toothbrush in your pocket or purse, especially if you use an electric toothbrush, so travel-sized toothbrushes can come in extra-handy for those times when you need to quickly step out after lunch to brush your teeth.
2. Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride-containing toothpaste is a must to help you fight cavities. Fluoride is a naturally occuring mineral in many foods and is often added to drinking water, but we usually need a little extra fluoride to help keep our teeth strong and healthy. Travel-sized fluoride toothpastes are also available so you can fit a tube easily into your pocket or travel kit with your toothbrush.
Daily flossing is important to ensure that every surface of your teeth, including between your teeth, gets cleaned thoroughly. It’s also important to keep floss with you in case food gets caught between your teeth or in your braces.
4. Dental Pick
When you don’t have time to brush or floss thoroughly, dental picks are an awesome temporary alternative! We recommend keeping a few handy in your backpack, car, locker, pocket, and anywhere else you might stop to look in the mirror for a quick hair and smile check. A dental pick is easily one the most versatile tools for braces care at school because it’s so compact to carry and quick to use.
If you’re new to braces, make sure to also carry some of the wax your orthodontist gave you to help cover any spots that might get sore while you’re busy chatting with friends or playing sports. You’ll soon get used to your braces, but until then it’s always nice to have a little extra help to make them feel more comfortable in the meantime.
Call our Longview or Tyler dental offices, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.