If you want a successful orthodontic treatment, then you need to care for your smile and braces as well as keep tooth decay and other dental issues at bay. Now, because the teeth and gums are tough to clean at times, those with braces are more prone to cavities. This means that if you have braces, you have to be careful. Our orthodontists, Drs. Burris, Fiegle, and Katie, are happy to help you prevent cavities during orthodontic treatment by encouraging you to do the following things:
-Focus on brushing: Make sure to brush regularly with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brushing after each meal and snack can remove the food particles and bacteria that can attack your teeth and create cavities. Be sure to brush for two minutes each time and to scrub under the wires and around the brackets.
-Focus on flossing: Flossing is vital when preventing cavities. This is because it removes the bacteria from between the teeth and helps you prevent cavities in those crevices. So, make sure to floss at least once a day. If you can floss more often, like after you brush, do it.
-Visit your dentist: Your routine dental checkups help you prevent cavities because the cleaning treatment removes plaque and bacteria from your smile and the fluoride treatment nourishes and strengthens your tooth enamel. Make sure to keep up on your checkups by visiting your dentist every six months.
For more information and details about how to prevent cavities when you have braces in Beaufort, South Carolina, please contact Winning Orthodontic Smiles at (843) 525-6228 when you can. Our orthodontic team is happy to give you the answers and help you need if you just contact our office today!