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Bad Breath & Your Braces

Bad Breath & Your Braces

Dental braces will help you to achieve the straight, beautiful smile that you’ve always dreamed of! You know better than anyone that the time you spend with braces is part of the investment in your smile. But we’re sure you also know that this time presents some challenges as well, including flossing, avoiding certain foods, and, most distressing of all, bad breath. Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we want to give you a few tips on how to keep your breath fresh, so you won’t feel self-conscious or shy away from conversation.

How Can I Keep My Breath Fresh While Wearing Braces?

  • Avoid sugar – Foods that are full of sugar can contribute to bad breath! In order to combat this unpleasantness, stick to protein, grains, produce, and dairy, while still making sure to stick to the list of foods that are safe for braces.
  • Avoid sodas – For the same reason as above, steer clear of drinks that are high in sugar content, as sugar has been linked with bad breath.
  • Brush often – Make sure to floss and brush your teeth (don’t forget to brush your tongue, too) first thing in the morning, after each meal, and before bed. Removing any food particles from your braces will help keep your breath fresh.
  • Drink plenty of water – If you find you’re mouth is feeling dry, you might be at risk for a smelly mouth! If you’re not staying hydrated and your saliva production slows, this can lead to bad breath.
  • Use mouthwash – This one is a no-brainer! Mouthwash not only gets rid of the nasty bacteria that can cause cavities (and bad breath), but the minty flavor will contribute to great-smelling breath. For the best results, make sure you’re swishing the mouthwash around in your mouth for at least 30 seconds.
  • Receive regular cleanings – Attending your regular checkups and cleaning appointments to avoid cavities and keep your breath fresh. It’s even more important to keep up with your dental health while you’re wearing braces, so be sure to get cleanings every 6 months.

The best tip we can give you in regard to keeping your breath fresh is to practice good oral hygiene every single day! To talk more about the challenges faced during the time you have braces, or to set up an appointment, please contact Lockett Orthodontics, located in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015



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