Braces: Keep Your Teeth Clean | Tucson, AZ

Braces: Keep Your Teeth Clean

Getting braces comes with a lot of changes, especially for children. People with braces have to brush their teeth differently since the braces cover many parts of their teeth. In addition, some foods should be avoided in order to make cleaning easier. Oral hygiene becomes more important to avoid staining after taking braces off. Schedule a visit with your child’s pediatric dentist to learn more about keeping your child’s teeth healthy while they are seeing an orthodontist.

Oral Hygiene with Braces

Braces can cause plaque and food to get stuck between the wires. This can lead to tooth decay and further dental problems very quickly. The bacteria in the mouth can also react with the metal in the wires. This can leave white spots on the teeth if they aren’t cleaned properly.

Cleaning the Teeth

Those with braces should brush their teeth after every meal and floss at least once per day. A floss threader will be necessary to do this effectively. Have your child check his/her teeth thoroughly in the mirror after each brushing to look for food particles. Do not skip any days when it comes to brushing and flossing.

Foods to Avoid

Diet makes a big difference in dental health. Your kid’s dentist might recommend that you avoid sweet or starchy foods as much as possible. These foods can stick to the braces, making it more difficult to keep the teeth clean. An orthodontist can also give you more information about specific foods that should be avoided.

Children’s Dentist in Tucson, AZ

Getting braces does not mean less dental visits for your child. A pediatric dentist may actually recommend more frequent visits for professional cleanings while a child is in braces. Speak with your dentist to find out if orthodontics are recommended. Dr. Lele and Dr. Wolfman at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry are board certified pediatric dentists. Call us at 520-325-4746 to schedule your child’s appointment and learn more about their dental health!

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