Plaque control is an important part of maintaining a healthy smile, as excess plaque provides a haven for a host of oral bacteria that can damage your teeth and gums. In many ways, this aspect of your oral health becomes even more important during orthodontic treatment. At the same time, however, it becomes more challenging to keep your teeth clean.
Conventional braces block your ability to reach some surfaces of your teeth and limit your access to your gumline. The brackets can trap food residue close to the surface of your teeth and give a nutritional source to cavity-causing bacteria.
Make sure that you’re using the proper tools in your oral hygiene routine while you are wearing braces. For example, a floss threader or pre-threaded floss can make it easier to navigate the floss around your archwires so that you can keep your gums clean.
Additionally, you may need to alter some of your habits while you are in orthodontics. For example, you may need to rinse after all meals so that you can eliminate most if not all of the food particles that might otherwise hang around. Sugar can become even more problematic for patients who wear braces, so you may want to limit your consumption of sweet treats.
Of course, your dentist plays an important role in limiting plaque buildup, so be sure to stick to a regimen of exams and professional cleanings every six months. This will help to eliminate any plaque that has accumulated despite your best efforts to avoid it.
After you’ve spent months or years in braces, you want to be able to show off a healthy, beautiful smile. So, do everything you can to keep plaque in check throughout treatment. Check in with one of our expert team members to be sure that you’re using the proper techniques in your oral hygiene routine and be sure to schedule routine appointments at least every six months for check-ups and professional cleanings.