Oral health problems such as white marks (decalcification) and gingivitis can occur when dental braces are applied, which can lead to more serious dental health issues.
- Gingivitis is an early indication of gum disease. If you notice swollen red and shiny gums which tend to bleed easily, you probably have it. When you do not brush and floss properly, plaque begins to form and irritate the gum tissue, leading to infection.
- Decalcification is an irreversible attack on your tooth enamel. It leaves white marks (lesions) on teeth from the buildup of plaque mixed with acid produced after you drink and eat. In order to help prevent these forming, ask your dentist for a fluoride rinse during your regular dental check-ups or orthodontic appointments.
To eliminate plaque from your teeth, you will need to brush around each part of your dental braces with a fluoride toothpaste, as well as every surface of your teeth. Brushing after any meals or snacks is best, but not always possible. Give your mouth a quick rinse after any snacks or meals that you can’t brush to help remove larger particles that may be stuck in your braces or between teeth.
Manual toothbrush, when used properly can be sufficient, however to really ensure you brackets, wires, and other hardware are clean, using a sonic toothbrush is your best bet. You will need to replace your toothbrush more often than before you had braces since the hardware and brackets will tend to break them down quicker. Flossing will still be required to remove all the plaque which your toothbrush can’t reach. You may find it easier to use a floss threader, however a water flosser will make the task far simpler and more effective.
Water flossers, remove plaque quickly and easily around dental brackets and hardware, improving gum health, especially when using the available orthodontic tip. This tip has a tapered brush at the end which is clinically proven to remove stuck on plaque between your teeth, on the brackets, flushes out food debris and bacteria around teeth, brackets and out from under your gums.
Oral health is very important not only for your teeth, but your overall health. If you have any questions or have any concerns about your orthodontic treatment or oral health, we are always here to answer any questions for you. Give us a call at (512) 337-2325 today!