Proper care of braces: features of oral hygiene

Правильный уход за брекетами: особенности гигиены полости рта

Wearing braces — it's a long and frustrating process. But the result is worth the effort. When the systems are removed, you will get straight teeth, a normal bite, and a beautiful smile. To achieve the desired effect, you need to buy special devices and provide proper care for braces. This is difficult, because designs make it difficult to clean teeth from food debris, in which bacteria that cause caries multiply. Let's figure out how to take care of the oral cavity in order to maintain health.

Why proper care of  braces is so important

Corrective constructs are not easy to clean up. Small pieces of food constantly remain between the elements of the braces and the teeth. They cannot be removed with a regular toothbrush and paste or rinse. If you don't use special tools, you won't be able to clean it.

Food residue gradually forms plaque on teeth, and bacteria actively multiply in it. In the process of vital activity, microorganisms produce aggressive substances that corrode the enamel. This is how caries appears — light or brownish spots on the teeth. At first they are small and hardly noticeable, but gradually the disease corrodes the enamel and reaches deeper dental tissues.

The consequences of caries can be the most unpleasant. If left untreated, pulpitis, gingivitis, or periodontitis may develop. All these problems can be prevented by paying close attention to oral hygiene, ensuring proper care of  braces and regularly (not less than 1 time in 3 months) visit the dentist for prophylactic checkups.

Read also: How does caries form: when teeth are in danger

Special products and tools for cleaning teeth

To care for braces, not only standard tools are used. Additional tools required:

  • Special brushes. They have a special design: the side bristles are longer than those located in the middle.

  • Mono-tufted brush. This is a small tool that allows you to thoroughly clean the space between the braces and teeth.

  • Toothbrush. Well removes plaque from tooth enamel and elements of braces. The range of brushes is extensive, and each customer can choose the tool of the right size.

  • Flosses. These are disposable orthodontic flosses. Some of them are impregnated with fluorine.

  • Oral irrigators. Devices clean teeth and massage gums, which is important during the period of wearing braces.

When choosing instruments and fixtures, you should follow the recommendations of an orthodontist. He will take into account the individual characteristics of the patient and advise exactly those means that are best suited.

Read also: The benefits of an irrigator: why you should buy this device tomorrow

5 basic rules for oral care 

Before installing orthodontic structures, you should undergo a professional cleaning procedure, and after it, cover the enamel with a protective varnish. This will strengthen the teeth and increase their resistance to caries. Next, you need to follow the recommendations of the doctor:

  1. Do not tolerate discomfort. If discomfort or pain occurs while wearing braces, you should immediately contact your dentist. This is not the case when "it will pass by itself." It is necessary to adjust the bracket system by placing food wax under the rubbing elements, and remove the inflammation.

  2. Eat healthy foods, avoid unhealthy foods. Remember, sugar and acids — your enemies. Remove them from your diet and add dairy products, vegetables, and fruits. The basic principle of nutrition: more vitamins and minerals, less carbohydrates.

  3. Brush your teeth after every meal. It is not necessary or even desirable to use brushes every time. Flosses, irrigators are better.

  4. Brush your teeth thoroughly before going to bed. During  8 hours of sleep, a whole hotbed of pathogenic bacteria appears on food particles between braces and teeth. Therefore, oral hygiene in the evening should be given special attention.

  5. Make an appointment with doctor every 3 months. A specialist will inspect the braces, make sure the braces are comfortable, and carry out a professional cleaning.

Important! After installing braces, you can not gnaw seeds, nuts, bagels, crackers. You have to refrain from too hot or cold food. Bad breath should be treated with mouthwash, not chewing gum. If you ignore the restrictions, even the most thorough care does not guarantee dental health.

Read also: How to properly floss and why to do it

The main thing about oral hygiene when wearing braces

Caring for braces is complicated. It is necessary not for one month to carefully monitor oral hygiene and adhere to strict rules:

  • Purchase the right tools. Special brushes, orthodontic threads, oral irrigators, dental brushes will come in handy.

  • Visit a doctor. This should be done 1 times 3 months. You should also contact your  stomatologist if you experience discomfort while wearing braces.

  • Brush your teeth regularly. It is necessary to clean up leftover food after eating, especially carefully — before bed.

  • Keep track of diet and food temperature. You can not sweet, sour, hot, cold. Foods with a lot of calcium, fluorine are welcome.

A beautiful smile is worth the effort. Take care of your teeth and they will stay healthy for years to come.

Read also: How to treat caries: all about diagnosis and prevention

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    08 августа 2019, 01:16

    Спасибо за полезную статью)

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