Now that you have braces, it is more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene during your treatment. While we trust you will continue brushing and flossing on a regular basis throughout your treatment at SmileOn Orthodontics, you also have to mindful of what you eat. While all those sweet, sour, and sticky candies may taste great, these treats can actually damage your teeth and braces!
Sour candies can be acidic to your teeth, and actually wear down the enamel that protects them, resulting in tooth decay and cavities. If you do eat these candies while you have braces, be sure to wash your mouth out with water, drink milk or eat a few slices of cheese. These foods will help neutralize the acid in your mouth.
Besides cavities and tooth decay, many people do not realize that good oral health and hygiene are important to your overall health, too; researchers have discovered the connection between periodontal disease and other major health concerns, such as heart disease. Therefore, it is important to maintain a good oral hygiene routine just as you did before your braces. This includes visiting your dentist six months, brushing and flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash, as well as visiting our office for your regular adjustment appointments.