Fresh Breath Tips for Braces Wearers
– Eat a healthy diet. Unhealthy foods that are laden with sugar can contribute to bad breath. Stick with healthy produce, proteins, grains, and dairy found on the list of foods your orthodontist says are safe to eat with braces.
– Drink Non-Sugary Beverages. Likewise, steer clear of sugary sodas and juices for the same reason. They contribute to bad breath.
– Stay Hydrated. A mouth that’s continually dry can lead to bad breath by inhibiting your production of saliva. Regular production of saliva removes bacteria and excess food from your mouth, both of which cause bad breath.
– Brush often. Brush your teeth and tongue first thing in the morning, after each meal and snack and before you go to bed to remove food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath.
– Don’t forget to floss. Flossing with braces might seem tricky but it is a necessity. Ask Dr. Pulsipher to show you the best way to floss effectively with braces.
– Mouthwash Use. Use mouthwash recommended by the office. For best results, swish the mouthwash around in your mouth for 30 seconds.
– Get Regular Cleanings. Regular dental exams and cleanings are more important when you have braces. Cavities can delay your treatment progress, so be sure to visit your dentist every six months.