It is the time of the year when there are snacks and treats everywhere. It’s no secret that the holiday season is a time when we are surrounded by sweet, sticky, chewy, crunchy goodies. And they can all be tough on your teeth, especially if you have braces. Foods that are tough or hard, such as peanut brittle or hard candies can damage your braces. Foods like caramel can also get stuck in your braces and cause damage, and cavities. It is a good idea to steer clear of these kinds of treats and to ask your dentist about what kinds of foods are best for you.
No matter the time of the year, if you have braces, you should brush and floss your teeth thirty minutes after every meal and snack. That will give your mouth time to wash away the food particles that are stuck on your teeth, and deal with the acids left by your food. Then, rinse your mouth to remove any leftover and loose food debris. While most people should spend two minutes brushing, you need more time to with braces. You go slowly and brush one or two teeth at a time. Brush along your gum lines, and then from your gum line down to the top of the brackets, and then from the gum lines up to the bottom of the brackets. Then brush along the wire. Don’t forget the backs of your teeth and the biting and chewing surfaces. Make sure to floss carefully when you are done, using a floss threader or water flosser if you have trouble using regular dental floss. Then, rinse your mouth again.
With a little bit of care, you and your braces can get through the holidays in fine shape! If you have questions about taking care of your braces, or if you are thinking about aligning your smile, our dentist, Joshua Knowles would love to see you! If you would like to make an appointment at Smile at the World Orthodontics in Temple, Texas, call 254-773-8028 today.