While in treatment, how can I take care of my teeth?

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 12/08/2017 12:53 AM

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Once your mouth is healthy and you have your winning smile back, Here are more tips to help you, be sure and follow these tips:

1. Floss between all of your teeth with a dental tape or floss at least 2 times daily.

2. Brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush. Stiffer brushes are too hard on your gums.

3. Electronic type brushes are great and use vibrations to clean your teeth and gums.

4. On the top, brush down and toward the tooth. This gently pushes your gums down to prevent receding gum lines.

5. On the bottom, brush up for the same reason.

6. Little circles are good to remove all food debris stuck between teeth.

7. Brush your tongue gently or use a tongue scraper to get rid of any particles that can cause bad breath.

8. A forced water device can help to wash your gums and help circulation also.

9. About fluoride: I choose to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. I’ve had a lot of decay in the past few years. It does help to protect enamel. That’s your call. Talk to your dentist.

10. Get a balanced diet and good nutrition. Malnourishment can weaken your teeth and gums.

11. Buy extra helps for dental care and carry them with you. I always have little brushes that my granddaughter used when she had braces. Floss threaders can be helpful if you have a bridge.



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 First, you should ALWAYS brush your teeth after each and every meal. You should also floss at least once a day.

 

Here are more tips to help you take care of your teeth and braces:

1. Use toothpaste containing fluoride. You can also get a fluoride rinse from your orthodontist or family dentist to help prevent cavities!
2. If you take your retainer out to eat, always put it in a safe place so it doesn’t get lost.
3. You should clean your retainer by gently brushing it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t ever put it in boiling water or run it through the dishwasher.
4. It’s important to avoid foods that are sugary. They increase the bacteria in your mouth and cause more plaque to develop on your teeth, opening the door for cavities.
5. Avoid sticky and chewy foods like chewing gum, Skittles, gummy fruit snacks, hard foods like chips, hard bread, hard candies, ice cubes or nuts, or any food that could become stuck in your braces, such as corn on the cob or taffy.
6. Keep going to your family dentist every six months for a checkup and cleanings.



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