While protecting your teeth from cavities, decay, and the risk of needing dental implants is often an easy task, having braces can make that task more difficult and less effective. The wires and brackets that make up braces leave many hard-to-reach areas throughout your mouth. These small spaces make brushing less effective and raise your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. That’s why it’s important to use the right brushes and utensils to thoroughly clean around braces and keep your teeth healthy.
At Pryor Family Dental, we know the importance of maintaining a good dental hygiene routine. When braces are a factor, keeping your teeth clean and plaque free can save you from future problems. As teeth decay and the health of your gums decreases, dental implants may be necessary. When tooth loss does occur, we’ll be here to help with our dental implants service. But in the meantime, we’ll fill you in on the importance of cleaning around braces and how to do so.
The Right Utensils
The first step in effectively cleaning around your braces is using the right utensils. As mentioned, braces make regular brushing and flossing difficult tasks. A regular toothbrush can’t reach the small areas your braces create, and flossing can be a pain. Below are some utensils you can use to thoroughly clean your teeth in the presence of braces:
- Spiral Brushes: Shaped like a Christmas tree, spiral brushes are designed to reach in between brackets and under the wires of your braces. These are also great for bringing on the go, so you can clean your braces after meals or snacks.
- Floss Threaders: Flossing can be a pain with or without braces, but floss threaders are great for patients with braces. You can easily thread through brackets and floss as you normally would.
- Water Flossers: A great and effective alternative to regular dental floss, water flossers use a pressurized stream of water to clean the gaps between your teeth and are perfect for cleaning around brackets.
The Right Diet
In addition to using the right utensils to clean around braces, eating right and avoiding harmful foods and beverages also plays an important role in maintaining healthy teeth. It’s always important to protect the enamel of your teeth, especially if you have braces. There are many highly acidic foods and drinks that wear down tooth enamel. Here are just a few to avoid:
- Sports Drinks
- Citrus Fruits
- BBQ Sauce
When tooth enamel does begin to erode, your teeth are put in jeopardy. Cavities will begin to form, then tooth decay takes hold. Aside from the damage to your teeth, without proper care, your gums can suffer as well. All of these factors can lead to tooth loss and, ultimately, the need for dental implants.
Whether you need a simple cleaning or dental implants, Pryor Family Dental can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and remember to keep those teeth clean!