However, maintaining proper oral hygiene while wearing braces can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help your child maintain their oral health care with braces.
Brush and Floss Regularly
Brushing and flossing regularly is important for anyone, but it’s especially important for children who wear braces. Braces can trap food particles and bacteria, which can lead to plaque buildup and tooth decay. Encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove any food particles or plaque that may be trapped in their braces.
Use an Interdental Brush
An interdental brush is a small brush that’s designed to clean between the teeth and braces. These brushes can be especially helpful for children who wear braces, as they can help remove food particles and plaque that may be trapped in hard-to-reach areas. Encourage your child to use an interdental brush after meals or snacks to help keep their braces clean.
Avoid Sticky and Hard Foods
Sticky and hard foods can damage braces and make it harder to maintain healthy oral hygiene. Encourage your child to avoid sticky foods such as caramel or chewing gum, as well as hard foods such as nuts or hard candy. These foods can damage wires and brackets, and can also make it harder to brush and floss properly.
Wear a Mouthguard
If your child plays sports, it’s important for them to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth and braces from damage. Mouthguards can also help prevent injury to the lips and cheeks, which can be caused by braces rubbing against the soft tissue. Talk to your child’s orthodontist about getting a custom-fitted mouthguard that’s designed to fit over their braces.
Attend Regular Orthodontic Appointments
Regular orthodontic appointments are important for ensuring that your child’s braces are working properly and that their oral health is being maintained. During these appointments, the orthodontist will check the braces and make any necessary adjustments. Regular appointments can also help prevent any potential problems from becoming more serious.
In conclusion, maintaining good oral hygiene while wearing braces is important for your child’s overall oral health. Encourage your child to brush and floss regularly, use an interdental brush, avoid sticky and hard foods, wear a mouthguard, and attend regular orthodontic appointments. By following these tips, you can help your child maintain their oral health and ensure that their braces are working effectively. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s oral health, please contact our office for personalized advice and guidance.