Braces are important for many tens of thousands of people to obtain the beautiful, bright smile they’ve always wanted. Wearing braces is difficult, but it’s an investment of time that will not just improve your smile’s look, but your teeth, gum and overall physical health.
We understand how difficult wearing braces can be, and we acknowledge some of the hardships that come with them. One of the most common of these is bad breath that can result from food particles getting caught in your braces. Let’s take a look at what causes bad breath in braces, what you can do about it, and how your orthodontist in Whistler can help keep your breath fresh.
Eat a Healthy Diet
There are a number of common-sense steps you can take to keep your breath fresh while wearing braces. The first is to stick with a healthy diet. Eat local, fresh produce, grains and protein. Talk to your orthodontist about which foods are the safest.
When you drink, avoid sugary beverages like sodas and juices. They contribute to bacteria growth in your mouth which can lead to bad breath.
Drink Plenty of Water
Instead, drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is vital to keeping your breath fresh. When your mouth gets dry, your saliva production is inhibited, and your saliva functions to clean your mouth out. This means that food collects in your mouth and bacteria results.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Another important factor in defending against bad breath with braces is frequent brushing. Brush your teeth in the morning, after every meal and at night. When you brush, be sure to brush your tongue as well. Too many people forego brushing their tongue, and many of the bad bacteria that can cause bad breath as well as tooth decay form on the back of your tongue.
Good regular oral hygiene will not only keep your breath fresh, it’ll protect your teeth from decay and in turn protect the rest of your body — tooth decay and gum disease can lead to heart problems and has been associated with diabetes. Make sure you use mouthwash after you’re done. Talk to your orthodontist about what kind of wash is best for your braces.
Get Regular Checkups
If you wear braces, you’re probably already on a regular schedule of dental visits. Make sure you stick to them. Regular cleanings, checkups and adjustments are essential to keeping your teeth healthy, and your orthodontist in Whistler can help you to make the right choices for diet, cleaning, and overall care for your teeth to make sure that not only does your breath stay fresh and clean, but that your teeth are solid and healthy both while you wear braces and after they come off.
Dental Specialists of Whistler care deeply about our clients and their oral health. If you’re in need of braces, implants or any other form of orthodontic care, we’re here to help anyone in the Whistler and Vancouver areas. Give us a call for an appointment and an initial checkup today!