By Sharon Williams
The time you spend wearing braces is an investment in your appearance and health. Bad breath is a common occurrence, but it is more common for people who wear braces. If you are someone who recently got braces then you would have found that you have developed bad breath, which is also known as Halitosis.
It is because of the bacteria remaining in your mouth. Braces allow the bacteria to hide in many crevices and make it supremely important to increase your focus on oral hygiene. Here are 6 tips for better breath when you have braces:
1. Stay Hydrated – If you keep your mouth dry for a long period it can lead to bad breath as it constrains the production of saliva in your mouth. Regular production of saliva removes bacteria and excess food which cause bad breath.
2. Brush Twice a Day – Brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue first thing in the morning and before going to bed is important to remove food particles and bacteria as well as preventing bad breath.
3. Get Regular Cleaning – Regular dental cleaning and check-ups are required when you have braces. Cavities can delay your treatment progress; hence it is important to visit your family orthodontist every six months.
4. Floss Every day – It can be very tricky to floss with braces, but it cleans the areas of your mouth that your toothbrush cannot reach. It is advisable to floss after you eat so that the trapped food particles that create a foul smell are dislodged and removed.
5. Use Mouthwash – Rinsing your mouth after brushing with an antiseptic mouthwash will will eliminate mouth odour and keep your breath fresh and clean. Swirl it in your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out.
6. Get a Water Pick – A water pick is available at various prices and from many different brands. Water picks are designed to clean not only your teeth but the tiny spaces between your teeth and gums as well. Your gums might bleed at first when you start using a water park. The inflammation in your gums will decrease as you use your water pick to keep your teeth healthy and white as well as eliminate bad breath.
Oral hygiene is important every day whether you wear braces or not. When you have braces it becomes more important to take special care of your mouth. Sticky snacks, gums and sugary foods are all foods you should avoid when you have braces. In addition to regular orthodontic check-ups, it is important to see your general dentist for cleaning and other exams. Overall oral health can be improved by practicing good oral hygiene every day, fighting bad breath at its source and keeping the germs at bay. It would be nothing less than a nightmare if you find your new straight smile tainted by decay once the braces are removed. So, paying attention to oral health is always crucial and is worth the extra effort.
Author Bio: Sharon William’s day job is to handle digital marketing for Koch Orthodontics in Loganville, GA. With a flair for creating compelling content that clears the clutter and connects with the audience in an instant, she writes about dental topics to educate and help her readers.
She truly believes that a genuine smile can win a million hearts and talks to her readers about improving their smiles and overall dental health, as well as enhancing their overall lifestyle. In her free time, she likes to organize small meets in her neighbourhood where she brings people together to discuss various topics that she writes about.