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If you want to maintain a strong and healthy smile while you align your teeth, and if you want to stay on track toward your perfect smile, then it’s important to take good care of your teeth and braces on a regular basis. If you don’t, there is a chance your orthodontic experience will be less than pleasant. If possible, please avoid these dental issues at all costs:

Tooth decay: Your braces can make oral hygiene a bit tricky, but it’s still very important to clean your smile on a regular basis. If you don’t, or if you perform poor cleaning jobs, the food particles and plaque will remain on your smile, promoting tooth decay.

Gum disease: Again, because it’s tough to clean around braces, plaque sometimes won’t be removed on a regular basis, which is very harmful to your smile. If the plaque stays, it can irritate your gums and eventually turn into tartar. At this point, your smile can become severely infected with gum disease. This dangerous dental issue can result in loose and lost teeth and extremely inflamed and infected gums.

Sensitivity: It’s common for your teeth to be sensitive when you have braces. Your smile isn’t used to having brackets cemented to it and the constant movement is unusual for your teeth. Receding gums resulting from gingivitis can also cause sensitive teeth. So, to help with this issue, we encourage you to brush your teeth with fluoride or desensitizing toothpaste.

Bad breath: If you have food stuck in your teeth, it’s common to have bad breath. So, to help with this issue, you can clean your teeth and braces after each meal and snack and you can scrub your tongue. You can also rinse your mouth with mouthwash after you’ve brushed and flossed.

If you thoroughly clean your smile on a regular basis and visit your dentist every six months for a routine dental cleaning and checkup, there is a high chance you’ll prevent these dental issues. For more information on how to take care of your teeth while you have braces in Gastonia, North Carolina, please call James B. Macomson, DDS, MSO, PA today at 704-215-4430 and schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, Dr. James B. Macomson. We are happy to help you!