Getting braces can be an exciting new adventure, and the beginning of a journey to a more beautiful smile! But what about oral health? Gum disease? Exactly how do braces affect gum health? And what can you do to ensure that your quest for that bright smile doesn’t end with a costly visit to the dentist?
Braces Are Hard to Clean
Braces can be a difficult new world of tooth brushing, flossing, and cleaning your mouth. The metal brackets, rubber bands and wires can be daunting, and your mouth may even be initially sensitive to any adjustments. Don’t be too nervous to ask your Orthodontist how braces affect gum health, and what that means for your dental hygiene routine. Your Orthodontist may be able to give you an idea of the many ways you can make the most of your dental hygiene routine while wearing braces.
The Three Most Important Habits
Brushing: Don’t underestimate the power of the mighty toothbrush! Replace this little plastic tool once every 3 months, and you’ll be able to keep those chompers clean! Do try to have a smaller head so it is easy to fit into those tight spaces in your mouth.
Flossing: This is especially important in the quest to ward off the cavities. Tight places between teeth and brackets can be hard to reach, but they are worth the extra time and effort to avoid any tooth decay surprises when the braces come off!
Rinsing: Use a mouthwash with fluoride to help strengthen and protect your teeth against decay.
Braces affect gum health in many ways, but it doesn’t have to be in harmful ways if you step up your dental hygiene game. Braces can even have a good impact over your oral health altogether if you learn how to do your best at diligently keeping after dental hygiene.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
Always discuss with your Orthodontist what you think your straighter smile journey will look like. The more communication you can have with your doctor, the more you can carefully plan ahead and consider the many ways braces affect gum health. Your Orthodontist will know your case, and may be able to address your unique concerns and needs, which may in turn, help you keep your mouth cleaner and your teeth healthier!
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.