Sometimes braces can feel like an extra hassle. However, you know the results are worth it. To get to those results, though, you need to take care of your teeth throughout the whole process. Making sure you use proper hygiene can help you get to your beautiful smile easier and faster.
One of the most important factors in oral hygiene is brushing your teeth. People tend to only think about brushing their teeth when they wake up and before they go to bed and maybe after lunch, but this may not enough. When you have braces, you need to brush your teeth more often so that plaque does not build up. The easiest way to form a healthy brushing habit is to brush your teeth after every meal. With retainers, make sure they get ample brushing as well. Brush them at least twice a day.
If you are unable to brush, then rinse. Simply rinsing with water can help flush food particles out of your mouth.
Ways to keep breath smelling fresh
Bad breath is never fun, and it can be particularly bad when you have braces trapping food and consequently its after-smells in your mouth. Here are some ways to keep your breath smelling fresh:
- Make sure you brush regularly. Keeping your teeth clean helps take out the smell at its source.
- Flossing is also a major key in removing those hard to get particles leftover from your meals. If you can’t brush your teeth at the moment, at least rinse your mouth out to get rid of looser particles.
- Keep your tongue clean. People often forget to brush their tongues, but they can be equal if not worse offenders when it comes to holding bad odors in.
- Avoid stinky foods. Garlic and onion sit in your mouth and marinate into one bad odor if you aren’t careful.